Drama Casting & News
Lee Beom-soo and Yoon Doo-joon join IRIS 2
by | October 20, 2012 | 50 Comments

More casting additions for the spy franchise sequel IRIS 2, due out early next year. Lee Beom-soo (Dr. Jin, History of the Salaryman) will be joining the new cast of secret agents, headlined by Jang Hyuk and Lee Da-hae. There’s also a confirmation on Yoon Doo-joon (of idol group Beast), who has been attached to the project since the early casting rounds, and has now signed on.

Lee Beom-soo will play a North Korean agent who goes head-to-head with South Korean NSS agent Jang Hyuk, putting a strain on an already tense relationship between North and South. He’ll play a North Korean James Bond type — a renegade agent who likes to make his own agenda and travels the world doing… um… super secret spy stuff. He then crosses paths with the NSS hunting down baddie organization IRIS, which lands him smack dab in the center of our main conflict. I know he’ll make a badass spy, but right now all I can picture in my mind is his bumbling Salaryman character with a gun and a badge… and it is awesome. That’s probably not how this’ll go, but I would love it if he got to play up the funny.

Yoon Doo-joon will play a South Korean NSS agent who’s basically a golden boy — he’s confident and bright, and skilled at firearms, martial arts, languages — so basically everything. He’ll be the third leg of our main love triangle, with Jang Hyuk and Lee Da-hae, described as a painful one. Well I don’t know many love triangles that are happy, and when you add guns into that equation, things usually go downhill. Just sayin’.

The sequel will be co-directed by Pyo Min-soo (Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, You’ve Fallen For Me) and Kim Tae-hoon (Athena) and also stars Oh Yeon-soo and Kim Young-chul, and features familiar faces in the franchise: Kim Seung-woo and Kim Min-jong. Can’t wait for Lee Beom-soo to mix it up with theses guys.

IRIS 2 will head into shoots in November, and plans to air in February.

Via Joy News 1, 2


50 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. saltandpepper

    again…i’m the first…yahoo 🙂

    • 1.1 saltandpepper

      i hope this goes with a different story line as i haven’t seen IRIS or Athena..
      but want to see this one….

    • 1.2 Rahul

      Your parents must be proud of you being first.

      • 1.2.1 saltandpepper


      • 1.2.2 Amberscube

        Hahaha… Being first to comment is like “the best thing ever” here in dramabeans. I have been first once or twice, and i feel like i hit a jackpot.

  2. austriandramalover

    Still haven’t seen IRIS BUT I’m so in for IRIS 2 xD Jang Hyuk alone got me interested in the drama and now I get my favourite idol group leader Doo Joon as well… Count me in^^

  3. Lisa-Loo-Loo

    I’m in…why? Lee Beom-soo…that’s why.

    • 3.1 Sunshine


    • 3.2 Kiara

      Yes WAE? Why IRIS?. Lee Beom-soo you keep that up and I’m going to break up with you.

      • 3.2.1 noona

        lol…..I’m glad I’m not the only one. Sad Lee Beom Soo is in this. Love him.

    • 3.3 Kiara

      Im sorry I know you are excited but I’m not going to watch him in another flop.

    • 3.4 mrmz

      If I ever Check it out, it’d be for him 😛

    • 3.5 Carinne

      *long sigh flushes rosy cheeks* Yes, we are simple creatures. Not sure why men imply otherwise.

  4. DaDa

    OMG Lee Beom soo? 😀 I’m hoping and praying that this won’t turn out to be the suckfest everyone is anticipating it to be…

  5. beggar1015

    Oh, I’m tempted now. Couldn’t get through the first episode of IRIS, but if that talented little man, Lee Beom Soo, is in the sequel, I may give it a try.

  6. hottestjen


  7. hottestjen

    so doojoon will really play the other guy for lee da hae’s heart???

    • 7.1 Annie

      I highly doubt it… probably a one-sided crush. They would have cast a proper actor instead of an idol if his role was that of a legitimate second lead.

  8. hipployta

    I’m at least reading recaps for Beom Soo…and I love Beast but I’m not seeing Doo Joonie and Da Hae especially not when Hyuk is an option

    • 8.1 Annie

      Haha, YES. Who would choose a little kid over Jang Hyuk?

      • 8.1.1 Shiku

        I know right?

      • 8.1.2 Meghan

        But he’s an adorable kid. Hehehe.


  9. Danna

    Thats a really great pic of Lee Bum Soo and its funny that you mention Salaryman cuz when I read LBS, the first image that came into my head was also of our Versailles Yoo…lol
    Not really interested in this show…but Yoon Doo Joon as romantic rival to Jang Hyuk? pfffft
    He’s alright I guess but JH-LDH is such a strongly established OTP

  10. 10 Arhazivory

    I miss Beom Soo. I think I’ll give this a go. Sounding good so far.

  11. 11 Village Mrembo

    Damn! its like an idol gathering up there!

  12. 12 Mystisith

    Love LBS, really do. But couldn’t find the courage to finish Dr Jin for him. I’m also not much a fan of the first IRIS so I will pass.

  13. 13 Lila

    Wasn’t planning on watching this, but now I have to see it because of Lee Beom Soo. He’s one of my favorite actors and I always love his roles, even if I don’t love the drama (I’m talking about Dr Jin here)

  14. 14 Yushi

    will iris 2 answer the question about whether the main guy died or not in iris 1… ’cause that would be the only reason I’m watching.

    iris 2 seems more like iris 1 except with just diff characters..

    • 14.1 Lila

      Yeah he died in the last episode of Iris. Also, I’m reading Dramawiki synopsis and this story takes place 3 years after his death.

  15. 15 sPark*

    Why is Lee Bum Soo doing such… (potentially) meh dramas? I couldn’t get past the first episode of Iris, and was not planning on watching Iris 2 even though I like Jang Hyuk and Lee Da Hae. Yoon Doo Joon is one of my biases, but I accept that his acting is pretty bad lol I guess I’m tuning in for the first episode or two if I can finish it this time. I really hope Iris 2 is better than Iris and Athena (omg that was terrible).

  16. 16 acejihyo

    side-eyeing his projects lately. only hope i have for him in iris is a reprise of his awesomeness in HOTS.

  17. 17 crazedlu

    I love myself some Beast but Doojoon is one of the weaker idol actors. I guess, Iris 2. Plus, dude is kind of arrogant in personality so that’s already a mark against him for me. Whatevs, I suppose.

    • 17.1 Awe

      Greets crazed–

      i agree with you. just hoping his role is kinda like Choi Siwon’s in Athena = cameo/background noise.

  18. 18 jyyjc

    Yoon doojoon is the third party in the love triangle..??? But he’s so…new.

  19. 19 lenrasoon

    wow I was already excited with Jang Hyuk and Lee Da hae pairing up again and now with Lee Beom Soo i’m completely sold.
    I miss LBS since “History of the Salaryman” (didn’t waste time with Dr. Jin even thought i was this close to watch it because of him) and now this is the perfect drama for him imo since i wanted to see him in as a bad ass anything role haha.

  20. 20 eny

    not a fans of iris, but i really wanna see lee da hae in spy role. I hope there’s good story in this drama most action drama just give us action not a good story

  21. 21 K

    I thought “Athena” was IRIS 2? This latest one is the 3rd entry in this particular series.

  22. 22 angie602

    LBS in IRIS2? Thats great news.. He is playing a North Korean agent! Alongside Kim Seung Woo and Kim Min Jong…. Now just give me the news that Kim So Yeon will be on and I will be watching this. Even if the story is to suck..

  23. 23 Reka

    It would have been funnier if they did a whole new spy drama and LBS playing a bubbling new agent. I can’t get that episode of Salaryman when he went undercover to get that new drug out of my head.

  24. 24 bd

    Lee Beom-soo is awesome, so would have given this a shot if not for the female lead.

  25. 25 Lilian

    Lee Bum Soo is brilliant in History of a Salaryman. Will probably give this a try when it comes out. But have to say that I did not finish watching the first two, Iris and Athena.

  26. 26 Christy

    i love lee bum soo!!!

  27. 27 pan2cute

    I want to watch it but lee dae hee nerve me to the max!
    I never like her, just don’t like!
    still want they change the leading actress… >.<

    and doojon as 2nd male? can't imagine it!! actually I really dissapointed with ATHENNA! I hope it will be better than Athenna! cross finger!

  28. 28 hoa lo

    OMG kbs is re-run chuno and get my interest again LDH & JHY OTP have lot chemistry they will be perfect couple lookin forward

  29. 29 Bu Young

    Oh God.
    I love Lee Bum Soo, but Doo-joon as a second main lead?! What?! Who came up with that idea?

    And Kim So Yeon still didn’t sign on?
    I miss the Iris 1 cast :/

  30. 30 Kris

    I do like BEAST and I like Yoon Doojoon very much, too, and I admit I’ll be biased (but not that much) when I say I buy his acting but… I don’t think it was a pretty good idea to cast him as the third leg in the love triangle. Like I’ve said, I buy his acting but that was because what he was in was a sitcom. But this. I’m… doubtful. I don’t know. But I heard he was praised by the director of the movie he’s in now (which will be out on December 19th. okay, I admit. I’m a fan. lol) for being great in action scenes so maybe it’s worth a try? I hope he turns out well. I don’t want him to be officially dumped in the idols-turned-crappy-actors bin. My fingers are tightly crossed.

  31. 31 Irish

    Sorry but from what I saw Do Joon can’t really act..

    • 31.1 MissLenis

      agree.. why pick an idol for God sake..

  32. 32 IcePrincess

    Lee Beom Soo!! One of my favorite actors ever!! I like Jang Huyk as well, but seeing how LBS might be acting as a bad guy doesn’t excited me that much. I dislike the idea of having him playing as a bad guy and ended up dead >:(, so as much as I love him, I don’t want to see that.

  33. 33 Kelly Van Duine

    It’s sad, I tried so hard to like the first one for Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Hee, and Athena for Si Won, and the second IRIS for Doo Joon and Lee Joon, but I just can’t do it. Their all so plainly boring. Usually I love anything with spies or secret agents in it, but this was just not cutting it for me.
    ~Sorry everyone

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