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7 new character posters for IRIS 2
by | January 13, 2013 | 57 Comments

New character posters are out for the main cast of IRIS 2!… and they look just like the main poster released a few weeks ago. Which happen to look just like the Athena and IRIS 1 posters that came before it.

The character posters, starting with the top row, feature our heroes and heroines of the spy world: Jang Hyuk is a team leader with the NSS , having been recruited with the agency in his younger days. Lee Da-hae plays an Olympic gold medalist shooter turned spy sniper, which I guess shouldn’t be funny but makes me snerk. Let me guess — she’s a genius shooter, right? And Lee Beom-soo is formerly a spy for North Korea, which means he’s this drama’s Kim Min-jong. I hope just as funny.

In the second row, we have Oh Yeon-soo playing the newly appointed deputy director of the NSS. She’s always hard as nails and cold as ice, so this role should suit her to a tee. Yoon Doo-joon plays what sounds like the perfect agent — heck, the perfect guy, all capable and smart and warm-hearted to boot. This drama’s just full of superlatives, isn’t it?

Then there’s Im Soo-hyang, who I really wouldn’t have expected to come out of this drama as the most interesting character but is sounding intriguing, at least so far. She’s got a great backstory as the younger sister to Sun-hwa, IRIS 1′s North Korean spy played awesomely by Kim So-yeon. Since Kim was one of the best things about both that show and Athena, here’s to hoping some of that awesomeness spills over to Little Sis. (Also: cameo, please?) And rounding out the group is our requisite idol, Lee Joon.

IRIS 2 will follow Jeon Woo-chi on Wednesdays and Thursdays, premiering February 13.

Via ETV

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57 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Jess

    Question. Do I need to watch Iris 1 to understand Iris 2? Or will it be a completely different storyline?

    • 1.1 saltandpepper

      same question from me…..

    • 1.2 javabeans

      I suspect no.

      I can’t say for sure till I’ve seen what IRIS 2’s story actually is, but there’s no way this franchise is going to alienate anybody – they’re going to want to hook all viewers, new and old. I’d bet money that it’ll do a short recap of Season 1 and then just start a whole new story.

      Season 2 will be set 3 years after Season 1 and a few characters are going to be coming back or referenced, but those aren’t the main characters. The primary plotline will likely be totally accessible to newcomers.

    • 1.3 tazanya

      They will do more than enough flashbacks to fill you in I am sure, there are so few holdovers from Iris 2 i am not even considering this a sequel anymore than Full House 2 was a sequel to Full House 1

      OHHH wait, you could watch the iris move it’s 2hours and is literally a recap of anything relevant from iris 1 it irked me i watched it since i had watch the whole drama. pretty pointless imo.

      • 1.3.1 Orion

        The movie changes a few things though, the ending being one, so she’ll have to keep that in mind. I think they are “cancelling” the film for the plot in this. Either that, or Kim Seung Woo’s character is a zombie. :P

        • 1.3.1.1 JoAnne

          You made me snort.

          This is K-Drama though so he has to be a genius zombie.

          • 1.3.1.1.1 Orion

            This is Dramaland. If he got a bunch of rounds to the torso and survived, he’d get amnesia. :P

    • 1.4 Orion

      I think you could just read up about it. I do feel you should, as you might miss some things, depending on how much of Season 1 will seep into this. We’ll at least learn the circumstances around a certain death which had netizens ripping their hair out. We’ll also be catching at least a glimpse of Kim Seung Woo’s character from Season 1 as well as Jeong Joon Ho’s.

      ‘IRIS’ left a lot of things unexplained and unexplored so I don’t think you need to see it all. Just find a good summary of the important parts, because this is basically continuing the fight between NSS and IRIS, but with a different team. So at least key points of that “battle” will be good to know.

      • 1.4.1 Draga

        “I think you could just read up about it”

        what ????? no way !

        it’s IRIS !! best drama of the decade !

        just watch it ! it’s stunning !

        • 1.4.1.1 Orion

          Well, that is your opinion and mine is that it was lacking in many areas, character and plot development being one.

          • 1.4.1.1.1 Kiara

            I love spy drama/movie etc but I couldn’t finish watching IRIS and lets not get started with Athena. Epic fail of the decade.

    • 1.5 Draga

      “Question. Do I need to watch Iris 1 to understand Iris 2?”

      yes !! to understand the issues… motivations ….

    • 1.6 canxi

      If you’re still unsure, just watch the movie. I believe it’s the entire show in like 2 hours. Save time,lol.

    • 1.7 Domino

      I am more concern with the facial enhancement (not) of Lee Da-hae!! She looks so plastic now!! :(

      • 1.7.1 kylie

        Plastic. Yeah ! what a shame . She looks so totally different from her previous pictures now. After plastic surgery, she HAS another face now. I thought it was another actress w the same name ! That’s unnatural beauty…ughs !

  2. pineapple

    OMG please let there be a Kim So yeon cameo!
    I wanna see a follow up on her athena cameo – her revenge plot had so much fun potential!

  3. saltandpepper

    LOL @This drama’s just full of superlatives :D

  4. JaC

    The dummy hair is the most un-cool thing in these poster.. haiz~

    Looking forward to the new batch of actors….

  5. miyu

    Lee Joon !!! i decided to watch this drama just for him… so i’ve decide to watch iris 1 to get the hang of th storyline…. is there anyone here who want to decide an actor is an actor? just wondering

  6. h311ybean

    Lookin’ pretty bad-@$$ there, Lee Joon! *thumbs up*

  7. song pong

    I’m gonna watch this for my three favorite Lees: Joonie, Da-hae and Beom-soo.

  8. linda

    lee da hae is looking good.

    • 8.1 bd

      LDH’s shot is the least interesting.

      • 8.1.1 Orion

        Probably because she will be another weak little weeping flower suffering from her romance, like Kim Tae Hee’s character was. I really disliked that about ‘IRIS’. I was hoping we could avoid the melo and sexism here. Let’s wait and see.

    • 8.2 Domino

      Got to be kidding!! She looks so plastic!! Please put up your glasses and look again. She looks like Yoda!!

  9. Mina

    minor quibble: Lee Joon isn’t the only “requisite” idol. Doojoon is an idol too.

    • 9.1 Vanessa

      Yea, I was kind of peeved that you would give a short character description about Doojoon but not Lee Joon.

      • 9.1.1 javabeans

        His character didn’t come with a description in the articles. Find one and I’ll translate.

        Not everything is an insult!

      • 9.1.2 Orion

        Yoon Si-hyuk : Lee Joon

        A hothead and straightforward, but do not hold grudges NSS personnel escort team. A member of the national security services (NSS). Joins the team of 6 people by the request of the deputy director of NSS, Choi Min (actress Oh Yoon – Soo) to track the assassins.

        From a Facebook fanpage. There were some on the Soompi thread too, but I have no idea how official all those are and the translations aren’t exactly top notch, as you see above.

        Javabeans can’t add information she doesn’t have. Non-official places can only get as much information as the production officially releases, unless we are talking about forums and fans, like in the Soompi thread. And while fans do have all the time in the world to get the latest info and stalk the internet in English and Korean all day long, a busy blog and its members can’t possibly spend so much time and energy for every single show. ;)

        When something is more official and more concrete, I’m sure we’ll get more posts. ^_^

        • 9.1.2.1 JoAnne

          They may be waiting to flesh out his character based on his performance and netizen reaction, too. If he does well his part could expand. If he doesn’t, well, he’ll fulfill the OMG so freaking pretty quotient and not hurt things any more than he has to.

          I for one am hoping he does well. What little I know of him from interviews and shows and such – crafted as it may be – seems like an earnest guy who works very hard and really wants to act. Plus, you know, I’m shallow as the next girl. That pretty face plus built like a greek god.

          • 9.1.2.1.1 Orion

            I would judge his acting, not his persona. No matter how nice a guy seems or how pretty they are, if he can’t act, I don’t want to see him. He is paid to do this and he has another job too.

            I won’t celebrate over a decent actor with acting as his only means of earning a living losing a role to someone who can’t act, just because that someone is nice. ;)

            If he can act and he does well, I’ll be glad he got the part and praise him for it, even if others could do as well or better. If it’s bellow proper acting standard, I’ll be sure to say my piece about that as well.

  10. 10 Orion

    I doubt Lee Beom Soo’s character will be in any way comedic and I’m frankly good with that. ‘History of the Salaryman’ was hilarious and so was ‘Dr. Jin’, albeit for all the wrong reasons. His ‘Over My Dead Body’ film was a comedy too, so I’m all up for a more serious role. He’s damn good with those too. Joong Won is the villain and he’ll be the “cold and deadly” type, if descriptions so far can be believed.

    Yeon Hwa (Im Soo Hyang) is the one who digs up Joong Won and wants him to have a “collaboration” with IRIS. So I guess she’s a femme fatale and he’s… kitty-whipped.

    IRIS and the big baddie known as Mr. Black will be the focus this time around. Frankly, the organization of IRIS was the most intriguing thing in Season 1 (definitely not the silly romance and melo), so having this whole NSS Vs. IRIS battle escalate is a-ok with me.

    I think there was mention of Seon Hwa gone missing, which might mean that Yeon Hwa will be doing IRIS dirty work while looking for her. For me, she’s the most interesting character so far, along with Joong Won. Mainly because there is no mention of what he wants and why. All we know if that he has ‘exploding disarming charisma’. Lol. I was having fun with Google Translate.

  11. 11 sajatokki

    Where’s Baek Sung Hyun T__T

  12. 12 Bu Young

    Before I read the blurb for Im Soo hyang, the first person I thought of was Sun Hwa. I’m actually really interested in this character even though I don’t really care for IRIS 2. I wish IRIS 2 would have been centered around Sun Hwa :/

  13. 13 kfangurl

    I love Jang Hyuk, so I’m gonna check this out just for him! And also, YES to a cameo by Kim So Yeon! She’s most awesome when she’s being badass! :D

  14. 14 Rach^^

    Isn’t Kim Seung Woo in Iris 2? And isn’t Kim Min Jong supposed to be in this too? :(

    • 14.1 Orion

      Maybe they are just not main enough characters to have them in the promotional material. By the looks of the teaser, Kim Seung Woo’s character might be getting killed very early. I am not sure, but the way they showed it felt like it.

      We’ll get more casting news as the days go by, but it looks like this is our main cast, so anyone else we see from Season 1 will be appreciated, but likely not get much screen time.

      Yoon Joo Sang was at the script reading though, so maybe we’ll get some of the old NSS personnel there.

    • 14.2 BellaMafia

      yeah.. you’re right.. and I thought Daniel Henney will be in too?

      • 14.2.1 Orion

        I think Henney was meant to have the role that eventually went to David McInnis. He was at the end of Season 1 too. We’ll see more of him this time around, I guess.

  15. 15 Molly

    Will definitely watch this one for Jang Hyuk and Lee Joon!

  16. 16 altair

    It’s Jang Huyk!!!!!!!!!!!! The peak of his career in drama land has been Chuno. Somehow I don’t think this role will top that, but it will definitely be a success. I predict ratings around 15-20%.

  17. 17 cinthy

    what happen to LDH’s face? she used to be pretty

    • 17.1 Domino

      Too much facial enhancement (not), and become too plastic. You are going to see Master Yoda in IRIS II?

  18. 18 canxi

    I wanted to watch this because I really like Oh Yeon Soo, but I think I might just skip it o.O Still unable to understand why I’ve seen her in three dramas and she is always the wife the husband doesn’t love/cheats on. LOOK AT HER! And look at you! And then look at your choices and how bad they are!

  19. 19 Popop

    Am I the only one who couldn’t recognize LDH ?? O.O

    • 19.1 pogo

      No, you’re not – if I didn’t know that was her, I never would have guessed.

    • 19.2 Domino

      Not really!! Me too!! My Girl does not grow old. She grows PLASTICS!!!

  20. 20 C

    So, for a sec there, I thought the title was IRISH…

    • 20.1 Orion

      They don’t look hammered enough for that. :P

    • 20.2 queencircles

      omg haha…it totally says IRISH. Lol! That made me laugh. :-) g

    • 20.3 Kiara

      I’ve called it IRISH a thousand times lol.

  21. 21 aby

    hope this drama will be good…

  22. 22 Domino

    Lee Da-hae did too much cosmetic surgeries to her face. She now looks like Kim Nam-joo, I wonder what will be happening when she hits 40s?

    She looks the best in My Girl!! Please, no more facial enhancement, very soon, after IRIS II, I guess, she can progress to take over the role of Yoda in Star Wars. ^^

  23. 23 gg

    ***Lee Da-hae plays an Olympic gold medalist shooter turned spy sniper, which I guess shouldn’t be funny but makes me snerk. Let me guess — she’s a genius shooter, right?***

    I don’t know about genius, but it turns out that she had the best shooting-range scores out of anyone else on the cast. Including the guys. Which is pretty impressive. Not that I’m into guns.

    • 23.1 Domino

      It is just promotional tactics of the drama. Just once that she beats others, and the production company used the score as a gimmicks to exaggerate her shooting ability.

  24. 24 watchumlots

    Oh, Oh, OOhhhhhhh! Why not Sung Hoon? He could be paired with Im Soo-hyang again. Plus, he is sooo good-looking he would make a great spy dressed in spy-clothes performing those spy-martial-arts moves. Where, oh where is beautiful Sung Hoon?

  25. 25 ABDUNET

    this story is really confusing, here in Nigeria we had IRIS I. II, III, IV, coming here i discorvered that you people are only talking about IRIS II, what of IRIS III and IV, anyone that no more about IRIS should please explain clearly to me, am waiting for answers,,,,

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