Media outlet Hankyung shared on May 17 that Lee Joon and Jang Hyuk will be working together for the upcoming historical drama written by Park Pil Joo ("Marry Me Now,” "First Love Again,” and "Naeil's Cantabile"). The upcoming historical drama is set to air in the first half of 2022.
"Red Single Heart" will be a historical fiction series about a man named Lee Tae, the enemy of Sunjong, who later becomes the king of Joseon. Lee Joon was given the offer to play the role of Lee Tae; his goal is to destroy Park Gye Won and anti-government officials to strengthen the kingship. On the other hand, Jang Hyuk received the offer to play the character of Park Gye Won; he is the kingmaker who ends up having a conflict with Lee Tae.
After his military enlistment, Lee Joon received several drama offers. He is confirmed to star in the upcoming Netflix original series "The Silent Sea," produced by actor Jung Woo Sung with casts Gong Yoo, Bae Doo Na, and more. He also got the offer to lead the new tvN drama "The Immortal" with Lee Jin Wook and Hello Venus' Kwon Na Ra.
On the other hand, Jang Hyuk is confirmed for two films such as "A Child Who Can Die" and "Tomb of the River.” "Red Single Heart" will be his first drama project after 2020's "Tell Me What You Saw" with Girls Generation Choi Soo Young, Jin Seo Yun, Jang Hyun Sung, Ryu Seung Soo, and more.
Media outlet News1 reported on May 21st that Lee Hyun Wook would be the male lead for the upcoming Netflix original series The Bride of Black. Kim Hee Sun will be the female lead, and the script will be written by Lee Geun Young (I'm a Mother, Too, and My Mother is a Daughter-In-Law). Lee Hyun Wook's agency Management Air confirmed that the actor would join the new drama.
The Bride of Black will be about the desire in the remarriage market, focusing around the upper-class marriage information companies. It is said that the series will have 16 episodes and will air both on JTBC and Netflix. The drama will reportedly start its production, and it will air sometime next year.
The Bride of Black will Lee Hyun Wook's third drama project for 2021. He is in the currently airing tvN drama Mine and Lee Bo Young and Kim Seo Hyung. He was also part of the 2021 drama. She Would Never Know with Won Jin Ah and Ro Woon. He made his acting debut in 2014 and finally drew attention with his performance in the 2019 OCN drama Strangers from Hell as Yoo Ki Hyuk. Since then, he's been active in the drama scene. He was also part of the dramas Search, Mrs. Cop 2, 3 Days, and others. The actor will also be part of upcoming movies Shark: The Beginning and The Policeman's Lineage. The Bride of Black is expected to air in 2022.
According to several reports, director Kang Yoon Sung will be directing a second new special episode of Kingdom titled KINGDOM: The Crown Prince, and actor Joo Ji Hoon will be the main lead. The second special episode is currently in the pre-production phase, with filming to begin the year's second half.
Director Kang Yoon Sung is the same director of The Outlaws' 2017 blockbuster movie, which garnered over 6.88 million viewers. He also helmed the movie Long Live The King: Mokpo Hero. The director will also work for the upcoming drama "Casino starring veteran actor Choi Min Shik.
"KINGDOM: The Crown Prince will be the second special episode from Netflix's original series "Kingdom." This series was loved not only by locals but also by foreign audiences. The two-season series was simultaneously released in 190 countries around the world. The first special episode of the Kingdom: Ashin of the North led by Jun Ji Hyun was released on July 23rd, 2021.
KINGDOM: The Crown Prince will showcase Crown Prince Lee Chang's journey, who was born as a son of a concubine who was named Crown Prince as the sole heir to the then King. He is accused of treason and flees the Kingdom to fight against zombies that had started to invade the Kingdom.
The premiere date of KINGDOM: The Crown Prince has not yet been decided.
Joo Ji Hoon has led the first two seasons of Kingdom together with Bae Doo Na, Ryu Seung Ryong, Kim Sung Gyu, Jun Suk Ho, and more. He will also star in a new drama this year. Joo Ji Hoon will be working with Jun Ji Hyun in the upcoming tvN drama "Cliffhanger, which will air later this year.
On May 17, Sports Donga reported that Lee Da Hee had been cast as the female lead of “Island,” a role Seo Ye Ji was previously in talks for. The producers reportedly pinpointed Lee Da Hee as the optimal fit for the role while the actress also appreciated the quality of the production.
Her agency Santa Claus Entertainment clarified to Newsen, “Lee Da Hee has received an offer to star in ‘Island’ and is positively reviewing it.”
“Island” is a fantasy exorcism drama based on a webtoon of the same name. It will tell the story of Pan, who needs a woman to end his cursed immortal life, and Won Mi Ho, the daughter of a rich family who is being targeted by goblins. The two are joined by exorcist priest John who is consumed by the guilt of having been unable to protect one girl. On the island that possesses evil darkness despite its beauty, the three characters who seem unlikely to get along will gather their strength to protect each other.
Kim Nam Gil is confirmed to play the male lead Pan, and ASTRO‘s Cha Eun Woo is currently in talks for a role. Initially, Seo Ye Ji had been in talks for the role of Won Mi Ho, but she withdrew from the drama after being swept up in a controversy.
There are reportedly plans for “Island” to have multiple seasons. The broadcast schedule is undecided, as the female lead has not been confirmed yet. Based on Sports Donga’s report, the first season would have aired at the end of this year according to the original plan. It is also reported that the production process may begin this summer at the earliest if the casting is finalized now.
Kim Nam Gil In Discussion To Star In New Thriller Drama As Criminal Profiler
On May 4, OSEN reported that Kim Nam Gil was cast as the main character of the new crime thriller drama “Those Who Read Hearts of Evil” (literal title).
The actor’s agency Gilstory ENT clarified, “It is correct that Kim Nam Gil received an offer to star in the new drama ‘Those Who Read Hearts of Evil,’ but nothing is confirmed. Kim Nam Gil has been receiving offers for many productions as his next project after confirming his appearance in ‘Island,’ and ‘Those Who Read Hearts of Evil’ is one of the scenarios he is reviewing.” If he accepts the offer, Kim Nam Gil will play a profiler who looks deep into the human mind.
“Those Who Read Hearts of Evil” is based on a book of the same name that was co-penned by Kwon Il Yong and Go Na Moo. It will tell the story of South Korea’s first criminal profiler Kwon Il Yong and focus on those who chase serial killers, rather than the serial killers themselves. It deals with the beginnings of criminal profilers in Korea who had to look inside the hearts of monstrous criminals during a time when the word “profiling” did not exist and the idea of a “psychopath” was not widely known. Profiler Kwon Il Yong became a police officer in 1989 and the first criminal profiler in Korea in 2000. He is known for profiling several infamous criminals such as Yoo Young Chul and Jung Nam Gyu.
The drama will be written by screenwriter Seol Yi Na and air on SBS. A source from SBS explained, “The drama ‘Red Sky’ and ‘Those Who Read Hearts of Evil’ are Monday-Tuesday dramas for the second half of the year, and they will air on SBS.” Sports Donga predicts that “Those Who Read Hearts of Evil” will air in October as the follow-up to “Red Sky,” which will air in August, although the special broadcasts for the Tokyo Olympics may cause some changes.
OSEN reports that Kim Nam Gil will film “Island” after wrapping up this drama, as “Island” has been pushed back and will be filmed in the second half of this year.
IQIYI To Stream Jirisan darring Ju-Ji-Hoon, Jun Ji-Hyun, Oh Jung-Se
Cliffhanger is a suspenseful mystery, set in Mount Jiri, the story centers around a group of rangers and other Jirisan National Park employees on a mission to rescue lost trekkers and survivors. There is a mystery surrounding the unexplored regions of Mount Jiri and its many visitors, left for the rescue crew to unravel.
Seo Yi Kang, played by Jun Ji-Hyun, is the park's top ranger with vast experience in navigating Mount Jiri National Park, making her knowledgeable about tracking down lost individuals. She later becomes Kang Hyun Jo's partner and confidante.
Kang Hyun Jo, played by Ju Ji-hoon, is a rookie national park ranger and Seo Yi Kang's partner. He is a military academy graduate, an ex-lieutenant who experienced a horrific incident on Mount Jiri which led him to become a ranger, but he has a deep secret.
Other members include Jung Goo Young, a practical ranger who believes in taking care of himself before others. Jo Dae Jin is the head of the Haedong Branch Office in Mount Jiri National Park. He has been a ranger for half of his life. He is a simple, honest man who is fully committed to his job and takes responsibility for his junior rangers.
Cliffhanger is scripted by Kim Eun Hee and directed by Lee Eung Bok. It is set to air in June 2021.
Kim Nam-Gil (Fiery Priest) is returning to the small screen in fantasy drama Island. Based on a manhwa by the same name (authors: Yoon In-wan and Yang Kyung-il), Island is about the mysterious, dark events on the beautiful, “peaceful” island of Jeju. Kim Nam-Gil plays Ban, a being who is half human and half spirit. At times warm, sometimes ruthless, he’s been cursed with immortality, and he protects the world from ghosts. The key to ending his cursed fate turns out to be a woman.
The Female Lead'scharacter is the only child of a chaebol family and lives the heiress life in Jeju. Unbeknownst to her, evil spirits have descended on Jeju in the hopes of destroying the human world, and she becomes their prey.
Finally, there’s Cha Eun-woo (True Beauty). He plays a young, cool exorcist priest (he’s not like the other exorcist priests) from Trinity Catholic Church in New York City. He’s the 132nd disciple from the Vatican’s Miracle Investigations Department. Although he grew up in the U.S., he kept his Korean language skills alive by watching dramas. Despite his bright demeanor, he’s haunted by guilt over not having been able to save a child in the past.
Directed by Bae Jong, Island will likely air in the latter half of this year. Due to the source manhwa's popularity, it’s already being considered for a second season, with each season consisting of ten episodes.
Recent reports have announced that Kang Haneul (River Where the Moon Rises) will be returning to the small screen through JTBC’s latest project, Insider. It’s a suspense-action thriller drama that’s supposed to depict how at rock-bottom, human connections can become a source of hope, strength, and miracles.
Kang Haneul has been offered the lead role, as Kim Yo-han, a law student who goes incognito for a sting operation when something goes awry. His entire life begins to fall apart due to a single moment. While in prison, he begins to search for a chance to reclaim his life at the prison’s gambling den. He turns into an opportunity for every danger he faces and survives the long odds to pursue his revenge.
Park Kyu-young (Sweet Home, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay) and Lee Jae-Wook (Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol) have been confirmed to star together in the upcoming drama Dal-li and Gamjatang. It’s a classic romance story between two people of different backgrounds.
Lee Jae-Wook is set to play the second oldest son of a nouveau riche family. His parents began a no-name, hole-in-the-wall restaurant that grew into a global franchise with over 400 locations around the world. He works as the director of operations, but he’s completely unlearned and uncultured. Desperate to penetrate the inner circle of high society and throw off the tag of “new money,” he decides to take over an art gallery.
In the process, he meets Park Kyu-young’s character who is the original owner of the gallery. She’s his complete opposite: from a traditionally rich family whose wealth collapsed overnight. Formerly a visiting researcher at Kröller-Müller Museum (Netherland’s most prestigious art institution) Park Kyu-young is the curator-owner of the Cheongsong Art Gallery until her family is ruined. She’s the definition of a well-bred lady. She speaks seven languages and is well-versed in art, history, philosophy, and religion.
How Park Kyu-young and Lee Jae-Wook grew up, their current financial status, their educational backgrounds, their personal tastes, and their values are all different. But somehow, these two find their way into love as they fight over the near-bankrupt art gallery.
KBS’s Dal-li and Gamjatang will be co-written by Sohn Eun-Hye (MBN’s Witch’s Love) and Park Se-eun and directed by Lee Jung-Seob (Angel’s Last Mission: Love, Healer). As of yet, no air date has been announced.
Kim Hee Sun will be starring in MBC’s upcoming drama “Tomorrow beside Rowoon. On July 2, MBC formally announced that Kim Hee Sun had been confirmed to star in Tomorrow, a new fantasy drama based on the popular webtoon of the same name. The drama will tell the story of Choi Joon Woong (Rowoon), who gets into an unfortunate accident while struggling to find a job. As a result, he crosses paths with grim reapers Goo Ryun and Lim Ryoong Goo, who work together to save the lives of those contemplating suicide, and he winds up joining their team in the underworld as their youngest member.
Kim Hee Sun will be playing the role of Goo Ryun, the fearless and charismatic grim reaper who leads the “Danger Management Team.” Due to her ice-cold personality, she pushes people away and doesn’t form attachments to those around her.
A spokesperson for MBC remarked that Tomorrow would be a drama that conveys warmth and comfort, instead of admonishments, to those struggling to live in this difficult reality. They went on to say the drama will have a different charm from that of the original webtoon, and we hope that it will help many people open the door to a hopeful tomorrow. The drama will have16 episodes and is expected to premiere in the first half of 2022.
Park Seo Joon in talks to lead thriller drama "Hard Creature"
Media outlets revealed on May 14th that Park Seo Joon received casting offers to lead the upcoming drama series titled "Hard Creature" to be helmed by "Hot Stove League" and "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" PD Jung Dong Yoon, and penned by "Dr. Romantic" screenwriter, Kang Eun Kyung.
Upcoming thriller drama "Hard Creature" deals with the wounds and anxiety of humans. It will also showcase how young people desperately want to survive in the harsh world.
Park Seo Joon was reportedly given a summary of the said series; he was offered to play the main role of a wealthy man from Bukchon named Jang Tae Sang, who will face a woman that would threaten him completely changing his life.
If Park Seo Joon accepts the offer, this will be his first drama project for 2021. He last starred in the hit 2020 JTBC drama "Itaewon Class" with Kim Da Mi, Hello Venus' Kwon Na Ra, Yoo Jae Myung, Ahn Bo Hyun, Kim Dong Hee, and more. He was also the main lead of the popular series "What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?" with Park Min Young, "Fight For My Way" with Kim Ji Won, "Hwarang" with Go Ah Ra, "She Was Pretty" with Hwang Jung Eum, and more.
He will also star in the upcoming star-studded films such as "Dream" with IU, Kim Jong Soo, Ko Chang Seok, Jung Seung Kil, and Lee Hyun Woo, and "Concrete Utopia" with Lee Byung Hun, Park Bo Young, Park Ji Hoo, Kim Do Yoon, Park Jong-Hwan, and more.
It’s official: Joo Won will be starring in the upcoming Netflix original film “Carter”!
On March 19, Netflix announced that Joo Won had been confirmed for the leading role in “Carter,” an action-espionage blockbuster that will depict a thrilling chase.
Joo Won will be playing the titular role of Carter, a highly-skilled secret agent who wakes up to find that he has lost all of his memories. Without even knowing why he ends up becoming involved in the operation of a lifetime.
After impressing viewers with his transformation into an action hero in his latest drama “Alice,” Joo Won will be proving his action chops once more in this new movie, which will be helmed by “The Villainess” and “Confession of Murder” director Jung Byung Gil.
Park Eun Bin and SF9’s Rowoon will be starring in a new drama together!
On March 19, it was confirmed that the two actors had been cast in the upcoming KBS drama “Yeonmo” (a historical term for “love”). Based on a manhwa (Korean comic), “Yeonmo” is a historical drama about twins born in the palace. Although one of them is abandoned for being female, she later pretends to be a man and becomes the crown prince when her brother dies.
Park Eun Bin has been cast in the role of the crown prince named Lee Hwi. Lee Hwi is the perfect crown prince, skilled at the literary and martial arts and gifted with elegant beauty. But because of her secret, Lee Hwi never reveals her feelings to the world and keeps a distance between anyone who tries to get close, including the palace ladies.
Rowoon has been cast in the role of Jung Ji Woon, Lee Hwi’s teacher. He is a teacher from the Crown Prince sikangwon, a government office for the sole purpose of educating crown princes. He is described as a handsome man who is bold, persevering, and tenacious and tends to take life as it comes and lives free from worldly concerns as an optimist who enjoys life. As the son of a government official in the Saheonbu (an investigative government office), his future seemed clearly set out for him. However, there was a reason that he chose to go his own path and leave the easy road behind.
Former After School member Lee Ga Eun has been cast in tvN’s new drama “High Class”!
“High Class” is a mystery-suspense drama about the dangerous lies and hypocrisies hidden behind the perfect lives of the women who live in the top 0.1 percent of society. It also stars Jo Yeo Jeong, Kim Ji Soo, Ha Jun, Park Se Jin, and Gong Hyun Joo.
Lee Ga Eun has been cast as Rachel Jo, a teacher at an HSC international school who grew up abroad in Canada. She thinks of her work as just a job and turns off her work phone as soon as she clocks off to pursue her leisure activities. She is described as a cool and puzzling character who is laser-focused on maintaining her work-life balance.
Jo Yeo Jeong stars as the lawyer Song Yeo Wool, who loses everything when she is framed for her husband’s murder. Kim Ji Soo stars as Nam Ji Sun, the “queen bee” among the mothers at the international school where Song Yeo Wool’s son attends. Ha Jun plays Danny Oh, a teacher at the school and a former ice hockey player.
Park Se Jin plays Hwang Na Yoon, a single mother who is the only one who is friendly to Song Yeo Wool. Gong Hyun Joo plays Cha Do Young, a former top actress who follows Nam Ji Sun because she wants to be back in the spotlight.
The first script reading for Suriname took place on March 22. Based on a true story about a Korean migrant that became the top drug kingpin in South American country Suriname, this project is a six-episode drama series planned to air on Netflix. Actors Jo Woo-jin (Mr. Sunshine), Yoo Yeon-Seok (Hospital Playlist), Park Hae-soo (Smart Prison Living), and Chu Ja-Hyun (My Unfamiliar Family) have recently confirmed that they will join Ha Jung-woo (Along with the Gods) and Hwang Jung-min (Hush) in this new drama.
Hwang Jung-min is set to play the main character who becomes an incredibly powerful drug cartel boss, and Ha Jung-woo is set to play his opposite, a national intelligence agent who’s intent on catching him. Not too much else has been revealed about the plot. Still, given its 35 billion won budget (approximately 31 million USD), it’s a huge project closely watched by those in the industry.
It’s being directed by Yoon Jong-bin (Gongjak, Beastie Boys), who has been a favorite director of Ha Jung-woo’s and Hwang Jung-min’s. Suriname will be Ha Jung-woo’s fifth project and Hwang Jung-min’s second with Director Yoon.
Originally, the project was supposed to be filmed in the Dominican Republic. Due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions, 80% of the filming will proceed domestically in Korea and the remaining 20% in several Southeast Asian countries. They’ve already spent a good portion of the budget building the set in Korea, so it’ll be interesting to see how much of Suriname’s natural environment they can simulate.
Suriname will begin production in April, but a release date has yet to be announced.
On February 25, Netflix held an event titled “See What’s Next Korea” that included the team behind “The Silent Sea” talking about their upcoming project.
“The Silent Sea” is a sci-fi horror thriller set in the future, where desertification has left the earth with food and water shortages. A special team is tasked with retrieving mysterious samples from an abandoned research station on the moon. Actor Jung Woo Sung produces the series, and the star-studded cast includes Gong Yoo, Bae Doona, and Lee Joon.
Bae Doona plays Dr. Song Ji Ahn, an astrobiologist who joins a team working to discover the secret behind an accident at the research station. Gong Yoo takes Han Yoon Jae's role, a team leader who takes on a critical mission of retrieving samples from the research station. Lee Joon plays the talented engineer Ryu Tae Seok.
The story is an expansion on the short film of the same name by director Choi Hang Yong, who helms the Netflix series, and the series is penned by Park Eun Gyo, who wrote the film “Mother.”
Jung Woo-Sung, Bae Doona, Lee Joon, and Park Eun Gyo took part in the February 25 event, with Gong Yoo and Choi Hang Yong unable to attend due to schedule conflicts. Jung Woo Sung shared, “I happened to see the short film seven years ago. I loved the idea, so I wanted to make a longer version, and I started to take on the challenge without fear. I’ve ended up producing it after coming together with this amazing cast.”
Hellbound is an upcoming Netflix drama adapted from the webcomic Hellbound written by Yeon Sang-Ho and illustrated by Choi Kyu Seok. It will star Yoo Ah In (Jung Jin Soo), Park Jung Min (Bae Young Jae), Kim Hyun Joo (Min Hye Jin), and Won Jin Ah (Song So Hyun).
The drama tells the story of a new religion that hooks people by giving them predictions on when they will die. When that time comes, a death angel appears in front of them and kills them.
Jung Jin Soo is the head of this new religion, Saejinrihwe. He speaks about the phenomenon when death angels from Hell come and state it's a revelation from God. Jung Jin-Soo has intense charisma and a mysterious aspect.
Bae Young Jae is a program director for a broadcasting station. He tries to dig out the truth about the religious group Saejinrihwe.
Min Hye Jin is a lawyer. She stands up against the group “Hwasalchok” (‘Arrowhead’), which consists of people who blindly follow Saejinrihwe.
Song So Hyun is Bae Young Jae’s wife. She collapses in emotional pain, which she can not deal with.
Jin Kyung Hoon is a detective and investigates cases involving the appearance of angels of deaths.
Apple TV+ is making its presence known in the Korean content market with a new series Dr. Brain, which is based on the webtoon of the same name. The sci-fi thriller will be written and directed by Kim Jee-Woon, who directed the films A Tale of Two Sisters and I Saw The Devil and The Quiet Family and The Foul King.
The series will star actor Lee Sun-Kyun, who appeared in the Academy-Award-winning film Parasite and the popular Korean dramas Coffee Prince, Pasta, My Mister, and recently Diary of a Prosecutor.
Currently, in Korea, Dr. Brain follows the emotional journey of a scientist obsessed with figuring out new technologies to access consciousness and memories. His life takes an unexpected turn when his family falls victim to a mysterious accident. He uses his skills to access memories from his wife’s brain to piece together the mystery of what actually happened to his family and why.
Dr. Brain is being produced for Apple TV+ by Korea-based studio Bound Entertainment and Kakao Entertainment, Studioplex, and Dark Circle Pictures. Kim Jee-Woon serves as executive producer alongside Samuel Yeunju Ha, executive producer of Kim Jee-Woon’s Illang: The Wolf Brigade and Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja. Ham Jung-Yeub and Daniel Han executive produce for Studioplex, and Joy Jinsoo Lee and Min Young Hong serve as executive producers for Kakao Entertainment.
The series will join a growing slate of Apple Original international dramas hailing from global award-winning storytellers.
Shin Min Ah and Kim Seon Ho will be meeting in a new drama!
Back in December, it was revealed that the two actors were in talks to star in a drama remake of the film “Mr. Hong.”
On April 2nd, it was confirmed that Shin Min Ah and Kim Seon Ho would be starring in the remake titled “Seashore Village ChaChaCha” (literal translation). Shin Min Ah will play dentist Yoon Hye Jin, a woman who has both beauty and brains. Her life plan falls apart because of the tiny bit of righteousness in her heart, and after various obstacles, she moves to the seashore village Gongjin and meets Mr. Hong.
Kim Seon Ho will play Hong Doo Shik, who is known as Mr. Hong around town. He is officially unemployed but is a master of odd jobs who appears to help everyone in Gongjin with any situation they run into.
“Seashore Village ChaChaCha” will be written by Shin Ha Eun, who previously co-wrote “The Crowned Clown,” and directed by Yoo Je Won of “Oh My Ghostess” and “Tomorrow With You.”
The drama’s production team's response to both actor's confirmation was, “The perfect rom-com lineup is complete. Not only will Shin Min Ah and Kim Seon Ho show surprisingly high synchronization with their characters, but the bubbly yet warm story will also provide comfort. Please look forward to their rom-com chemistry that is bound to make hearts flutter.”
“Seashore Village ChaChaCha” is scheduled to premiere in the second half of the year via tvN.
The Good Detective, starring Son Hyun Joo and Jang Seung Jo, is confirmed to have a second season. On April 16, reports stated that the 2020 drama The Good Detective will have another season. JTBC, which is in charge of the drama, responded to the reports and confirmed that the drama would have a second season with the same cast. They also stated that the broadcast date is not yet confirmed.
The main cast of the JTBC drama includes Son Hyun Joo, Jang Seung Jo, Lee Elijah, Oh Jung Se, Ji Seung Hyun, Son Jong Hak, and more. The first season aired from July 2020 to August 2020, and it garnered excellent ratings. The drama got 7.609 percent in one episode, which is the highest record throughout the drama. It is also ranked first in ratings among other dramas that aired at the same time slot.
The first season of The Good Detective showcased the life of detectives who works hard in uncovering the ugly truth and don't give up on catching the criminals. The hit drama was directed by Jo Nam Gook, who also worked on Untouchable, Fantastic, and Queen of Ambition. The script was written by Choi Jin Won (Untouchable and The Man in the Mask.)
Son Hyun Joo played the character of Gang Do Chang, a detective with 18 years of experience loyal to the investigative team. On the other hand, Jang Seung Jo played the character of Oh Ji Hyuk, a detective with nine years of experience. He was someone who was not swayed by money or power.
The second season of The Good Detective will start filming this coming October.
Missing: The Other Side” Confirms Season 2 Is In The Works
The second season of OCN’s Missing: The Other Side is officially in the works! On April 15, the producers of the hit 2020 drama confirmed, “It’s true that we are in the midst of preparations for Season 2 of Missing: The Other Side. However, the direction of the story and the casting has not yet been decided. The production is also not yet set in stone.
Although the producers warned that they are merely in the planning stages for a potential second season, the chief producer of Missing: The Other Side previously revealed last year that they were already in talks to return for another season when Season 1 wrapped up in October 2020.
Missing: The Other Side is a mystery-fantasy drama about a village inhabited by the souls of people who went missing while they were alive. The first season starred Go Soo as Kim Wook, a talented con artist who could talk his way out of anything, and Ahn So Hee as Lee Jong Ah, a brilliant civil servant leading a double life as a hacker.
Ma Dong Seok To Produce And Star In Upcoming American Remake of Korean Drama “Trap” titled "The Club."
Ma Dong Seok will be producing and starring in an American TV show. According to Variety, the U.S.-based production company Starlings Television will be working with Ma Dong Seok’s production company Gorilla 8 Productions and its production partner B&C Content to co-produce “The Club,” the American remake; of the Korean drama “Trap.” Starlings Television has produced shows like “Departure” and “Pandora.” Writer and producer Jack LoGiudice (“The Walking Dead,” “Narcos,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “House of Cards”) has joined the new project as well, saying that he is a fan of Ma Dong Seok’s work.
“The Club” is about a veteran police detective (played by Ma Dong Seok) investigating a mysterious group of hunters who attack a news anchor’s family during a camping trip. The character lost his own son in a hit-and-run incident and ended up caught in a mystery involving the elite and powerful with disturbing desires.
“Trap” was a seven-episode drama that aired in 2019 on OCN, starring Lee Seo Jin as the famous news anchor whose family runs into tragedy while on a trip together. Sung Dong-Il starred as the detective in charge of the case.
Netflix has confirmed the cast for the upcoming Korean remake of Money Heist! Late last year, the drama was confirmed to be getting a Korean remake. The Spanish crime drama is also known as “The House of Paper” (“La Casa de Papel”) and tells the story of a group of people who undertake a heist on the Royal Mint of Spain, led by a criminal mastermind called the Professor. Netflix acquired the global streaming rights in 2017 and has aired four seasons of the show thus far.
The Korean remake will take place on the Korean Peninsula. The Professor will be played by Yoo Ji Tae, whose powerful team consists of members all named after cities worldwide. Berlin will be played by Park Hae Soo, Tokyo by Jeon Jong Seo, and Moscow by Lee Won Jong.
In the task force team, Kim Yoon Jin will star Seon Woo Jin, the police force’s crisis negotiations division leader. She’s joined by Kim Sung Oh, who plays captain Cha Moo Hyuk, a former special agent.
The hostages, who present challenges to the Professor’s seemingly perfect plan, include Park Myung Hoon, who plays the Royal Mint Jo Young Min director, and Lee Joo Bin as the lovely accountant Yoon Mi Sun, who is having an affair with Jo Young Min.
Actress Kim Hye Soo might be taking on her first historical drama in 20 years. On July 12, entertainment industry sources began reporting that Kim Hye Soo had decided to appear in the tvN drama Shuroop, a historical drama that depicts internal conflicts within the palace in the undertaking of troublemaker princes, who cause nothing but headaches to the royal family and turning them into proper crown princes. Several modern dramas have tackled such a theme, but this drama is described as an “educational drama” set in the Joseon Dynasty.
Kim Hye Soo was reportedly cast as Im Hwa Ryung, the mother of the troublemaker princes and the wife of a great king. Instead of having an aura of elegance and grace, Im Hwa Ryung is a prickly, sensitive, and hot-tempered queen. Although she used to have a calm temper, she changed after people kept pushing her buttons. She is a queen who sometimes lets go of her pride and even swears. Every day of her life is full of trials, but she withstands it all for the sake of her children.
A source from tvN stated, “We made the casting offer to Kim Hye Soo, and she is currently reviewing it.”
This would be Kim Hye Soo’s first drama since 2020’s “Hyena” and her first historical drama since “Jang Hee Bin” in 2002. She has also been cast in the upcoming Netflix series Juvenile Judge. Shuroop will be directed by Kim Hyung Sik (Secret Door, Twenty Again) and written by Park Ba Ra.
When it rains, it pours -- Shin Ha Kyun In Talks For Lead Role In New Drama.
Shin Ha Kyun might be returning to the small screen soon. On July 14, entertainment industry sources began reporting that Shin Ha Kyun had been chosen to play the lead role in “Beyond The Memory.” A source from the actor’s agency Hodu & U Entertainment, confirmed that he was offered a role in the drama and is currently reviewing it.
Beyond The Memory is a drama based on an original work around the future and virtual reality. It is a “mid-form drama,” which means the series lasts less than an hour. It will be helmed by director Lee Joon Ik, who produced the movies “The Book of Fish,” “Anarchist from Colony,” and “The King and the Clown,” and will be presented through the OTT platform.
Both Shin Ha Kyun and Lee Joon Ik won awards at the Baeksang Arts Awards this year, so expectations are high for their synergy.
A new satire drama called Remarriage & Desires (Korean title Bride of Black) has been announced by Netflix. Casting is confirmed for Kim Hee-sun (Alice), Lee Hyun-Wook (Mine), Jung Yoo-jin (Catch the Ghost), Park Hoon (Nobody Knows), and Cha Ji-Yeon (Taxi Driver).
Bride of Blach tells the story of a group of people whose life ambition is to enter and remain in society’s upper class. And to secure their social status, they register with an exclusive marriage agency and scheme to marry (or re-marry) someone in the agency’s top-ranking VIP black tier. The drama explores how marriage has devolved into a battle of assets among the wealthy – disguised under the mask of love.
Kim Hee-sun takes on the role of Seo Hye-Seung. She was once a middle-class housewife, living a happy and comfortable life in a well-to-do neighborhood. But, she loses everything in a blink of an eye, and she meets the person who caused her life to crumble. She vows to get even and rise above them in society.
Lee Hyun-Wook plays the part of self-made CEO Lee Hyung-Joo, one of the top eligible bachelors in the marriage agency’s black tier. His first marriage failed, and he has since been determined that his second marriage will be a mutually beneficial business transaction.
In support roles, Jung Yoo-jin plays corporate lawyer Jin Yoo-hee who’ll stop at nothing if it means becoming a member of high society. On the other hand, Park Hoon is a well-known professor who is embroiled in an inheritance war with his family. And, last but not least, Cha Ji-Yeon plays Choi Yoo-sun, CEO of the drama’s marriage agency.
Writing for the drama is Lee Geun-young (I Am the Mother Too), and directing will be helmed by PD Kim Jung-min (Weekday Afternoon Lovers, Bad Guys). A release date has not yet been announced.