Drama Casting & News
Level 7 Civil Servant starts shooting
by | November 27, 2012 | 48 Comments

Aw, I was hoping that the first stills from action rom-com Level 7 Civil Servant would be a little more James Bond and a little less boy-next-door, but I suppose the hero isn’t going to start out a badass, which is part of the fun. It’s just, with a character who got into the spy biz because he wanted to be Bond, I want all the hammy wannabe Bond antics that come with. Regardless, Joo-won is Joo-won, and he looks friggin’ adorable, as always. There just had better be tuxedos for the poster shoot, ‘s all I’m sayin’.

The first stills are out from the set of the drama, which stars Joo-won and Choi Kang-hee as a pair of spies with a contentious relationship, soon to be complicated by romance of course. It doesn’t seem like the drama’s going to follow the original movie to the letter, but with the same writer, we can at least expect a similar tone. Yunno, just your average workplace rom-com… with guns and secret identities, and a whole lot of brushing the napalm out of your hair before a date. (Or perhaps he’ll live on the edge and use it as hair gel?)

Joo-won’s character is rookie agent Han Gil-ro, who’s described as prickly and cunning. Hm, interesting. So not exactly Kang Ji-hwan’s bumbling character in the movie. I wonder if it’s intentional that with the surname, his name means “on one road.” Maybe a hint that he’s a stubborn my-way-or-the-highway kinda guy?

The first scene they shot is a date that Gil-ro arranges in order to uncover Seo-won’s (Choi Kang-hee) true identity. Ha Shi-eun, pictured below, plays the heroine’s best friend whom he uses to set up the meeting, after being humiliated the first time. (We aren’t privy to the humiliating meet-cute, but it involves a blind date.) She’s apparently a no-show, because he threatens her friend, “If I catch her, I won’t leave her alone.” And he doesn’t mean it in the nice way.

But if we have our druthers, Gil-ro won’t figure out Seo-won’s true identity for many moons, at least till we’ve gotten our money’s worth in spy-vs-spy secret identity hijinks. Otherwise, where’s the fun?

Level 7 Civil Servant premieres in January on MBC.

Via Xports News


48 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Ivoire

    Thank you!

  2. Abbie

    Okay, this guy is just adorable! I am looking forward to this just to see Joo-won, now.

  3. cg

    Hmm….is the only thing I can say right now πŸ™‚

  4. Schmazel

    Is it me or does the best friend really look like Gong Hyo Jin?

    • 4.1 Rashellshep

      Not just you. That was the first thing I noticed too. I hope this one is good because Joo Won is adorable.

      • 4.1.1 Cass

        I thought it was the second female lead, Kim Min Seo πŸ™‚

    • 4.2 JoowonLover;P

      ME TOO. I had to google whether or not Gong Hyo Jin was making a cameo appearance or something lol!

  5. Cindy


  6. Laurita

    I guess when we hear the words spy and romance, we all start to imagine our version of the drama. I feel I could create my own story from the little info that we get, but I try not to let my imagination go wild, that I won’t be disappointed later.

    Now I just want Joo-won from the last photo turn into the one in the first one (a little bit of cuteness is good, but I miss the Man already).

  7. Cass

    I’ve seen him in suit like most of the time in Baker King and Gaksitaaaal.. and yeah the baddie Sato Hiroshi, in his super hot white Imperial Police uniform.

    I love seeing him dress up like this, boy next door image for this drama. But, I will NEVER complaint if later in the show he will be wearing a tuxedo. Bring it on!

  8. Fab

    Let’s just say that we would still like him wearing no matter what… He is such a cutie! Hoping for more stills and trailers.

  9. It’s been a while that I haven’t seen spy dramas, and I guess Joo Won’s the perfect choice. I really want to see him do some action stints because he really does it himself (just like in Gaksital). Being a spy, I suppose he knows some martial arts moves, right? And, not just a guy who throws punches. If he does, that would be awesome. I want to see some cool moves from our pretty baby boy, Joo Won. πŸ™‚

  10. 10 nomu nomu nomu

    Are they changing his bumbling and dorky personality from the movie to a more standardized k-drama hero personality?

    I’ve learnt a long time ago to never set your hopes too high when it concerns adaptation and/or remake, but I did enjoy the movie overall, so I’ll certainly at least give this a chance.

    but, as Lauraita said, since we are all imagining our own version of the drama, how about, tonally, we have a combination of True Lies for the comedy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith for the sex-on-legs, Bourne (original trilogy) for the action spies stuff, and James Bond for the clothes. hehehe, Go BIG or go home, right?

    • 10.1 nomu nomu nomu


      sorry, Laurita. I spelled your name wrong, unintentional.

  11. 11 Mira

    So excited for this drama !!!!!!

  12. 12 mini

    I am somehow disappointed with this news?i remember clearly that they introduced Gil Ro as innocent and kind man who care for other.joo won also stated that Gil Ro is meek when he meets the girls.now his character has suddenly changed into cunning one suddenly.i think joo won himself feel confused also because it seems like sudden change.

    May be that’s why he wrote on twitter that his mind is confused?i am sure jw can Pull off any role but i was expecting innocent and kind gil Ro.

    • 12.1 JoowonLover;P

      Same here, I got an excerpt from another dramabeans post: “He grows up in wealth and comfort, with a generous spirit toward others and a chic, refined appearance.”

      I didn’t know “chic” also meant “prickly and cunning”. lol

      Nevertheless, I’m still totally stoked for this drama, I nearly squealed at 2 in the morn when I saw this post!!

      • 12.1.1 skelly

        They must have changed his character – I can’t imagine anyone with a “chic, refined character” wearing a ratty yellow cardigan decorated with big black buttons. It makes him look about twelve.

    • 12.2 Orion

      I will be disappointed if they changed the character too. We have more than our share of cunning jerks in Dramaland and the last thing I want to see is another forceful chaebol type, with or without the status and money.

      I liked the movie because the characters were more balanced there. Both kind of silly and romantic, both also tough when need be. Hilarious too.

      I always go into adaptations without the original in my mind, but a loud assertive male lead is not something I want to see yet again, even if the writer is good. Remake or no remake.

      • 12.2.1 nomu nomu nomu

        I’m so bored of those forceful jerkwad chaebol type, It seems every other “hero” character in Dramaland has that description. I suppose they are still catering to the Mr. Dacry obsess fangirls type, but, come on, change it up a little, Dramaland.

    • 12.3 canxi

      I was hoping for that characterization too. Maybe, he’ll be both? I feel like Joo Won is always the “prickly and cunning” guy, so I was looking forward to the change up.

  13. 13 ladida

    I want that sweater! (Also Joo Won.)

    • 13.1 JoAnne

      It’s got to be a pretty awesome sweater to distract me from the total LOVE that is Joo-Won’s adorable face, but this sweater succeeded.

      I can knit. I’m saving these pictures. I’m having ideas. Because that is one badass jacket and my daughter would totally wear that.

      • 13.1.1 JoowonLover;P

        I have to say, that jacket is pretty baller. I couldn’t help staring at all the buttons on it lol

        P.S.-I love knitting too!

        • JoAnne

          It took me a while to figure out the optimal situation for knitting while watching KDrama – can’t have really fast-moving subs or really lengthy subs, shouldn’t be on any site that requires me to manually move from one segment to the next, etc, and the project needs to be fairly straightforward (no lace, in otherwords!) – but when I can combine the two in the right mix, marathons are EXCELLENT opportunities to knock out a lot of knitting. And I get to feel productive!

      • 13.1.2 Mar

        I was thinking my daughter would love that jacket, lmao.

        • JoAnne

          You and me Mar you and me – we are always in sync!

          • Mar

            Yeah! I wonder if it has a hood attachment. It had buttons around the collar, but that could just be ornamental.

      • 13.1.3 jomo

        Are you taking orders?
        Huh? Huh?

        • JoAnne

          sure for late 2023

          • JoowonLover;P

            Haha, I’ll join you, if that helps!

    • 13.2 canxi

      I also want that sweater!!! :O

  14. 14 BellaMafia

    OMG..I found myself smiling just by looking at his pics above. I thought bridal mask is the best drama this year, if people doesnt agree with me, i’ll go gaksital on them..

    • 14.1 nomu nomu nomu


      spelling police here. just pointing out the spelling error. πŸ˜€

  15. 15 @liss@

    So excited to see Joo won in a drama again! Hope the drama can hold it’s own against IRIS 2.

  16. 16 Denali

    What’s with the perm? Gu Jun Pyo! Tae Ik! Leave Joo Won’s body at once!
    A dorkable spy? *rolls eyes*

    • 16.1 nomu nomu nomu

      In a serious spy drama, A dorkable spy, would just be plain illogical. In a comedy farce, it can work, if done right.

      I don’t think this drama will take itself too seriously or pretend it’s IRIS or anything similar of that nature. I’m thinking, tone wise, maybe, Myung-wol the Spy? (the first half)

      • 16.1.1 Denali

        Spy Myung Wol turned out to be such a mess that my heart still kinda bleed due to the damage caused to Eric’s acting career. Anyway enough of my rambling about the Shinhwa 5D leader. ^^

        The thing is, a dorkable spy to me sounds antinomic, even in a rom-com. *sigh* Viewers will see to it, I won’t. πŸ˜‰

        *off to take a peek at King of Dramas’ ep 8*

        • Me

          I really enjoyed watching mung wol. Maybe coz it was refreshing to watch a contemporary drama after so many saeguks. Love the lead actress’s outfits in mung wol. In particular the leather bat grey top.

  17. 17 Betsy

    January can’t come any sooner. I’ve been in such a drama funk lately and it feels like I haven’t watched a good rom-com in so long. I can’t wait for Level 7 Civil Servant to start airing and from all the descriptions about this drama it looks like it will be just my cup of tea.

  18. 18 jomo

    Joo Won and Ha Shi-eun look awfully good together…

  19. 19 hani

    so weird why am i not excited? even though i’m jo won fan.

  20. 20 JenJen

    Have to wait until tuxedo pics or actual episodes air before I make my final verdict but so far I still can only see Kang JiHwan in this role. JooWon oppa looks too sweet/cute in the promo photos.

  21. 21 Lilly

    (season of the hair curse, lol)

  22. 22 dewaanifordrama

    Man, Joo Won! How can you be so adorable?! Seriously, that little smile – it’s like he practices being adorable in the mirror or something.

  23. 23 candy

    gaaaah! I am sooooo excited for this! His performance in Gaksital was phenomenal! Can’t January come any sooner? gaaah.. Good thing Joo Won has 1n2d.

    Really hope this would be awesome and would be a hit! πŸ˜€

  24. 24 JoowonLover:P

    This is soo cute.
    Our aegyo monster is so busy these days!!
    Joo Won = Niko, the baby deer!


  25. 25 Ophie

    So looking forward to this show! I can’t wait to see how Joo Won has matured as an actor!!! Ok…Ok and can’t wait to see his sparkly eyes either. LOL

Add a Comment

Stay civil, don't spoil, and don't feed the trolls! Read the commenting policy here.

 characters available. Comments will be truncated at the word limit.