Kim Woo-bin and Lee Hyun-woo courted for heist movie
I’m totally taking this maybe-casting with a huge grain of salt, but it’d be great if it worked out. Kim Woo-bin (Heirs) and Lee Hyun-woo (Coverty, Grandly) are currently being courted to star in a new heist movie called The Professionals by Trinity Entertainment, aka the producers behind Kim Woo-bin’s current hit gangster sequel Friend 2. The project is still really early in the development stage, but it makes sense that they’d want to capitalize on Friend 2’s box office success with early press announcements (It opened in first place and surpassed 1.3 million tickets in its opening weekend).
The new movie comes from director Kim Hong-sun of The Traffickers, the organ-harvesting thriller starring Daniel Choi. The new movie is described as a far less goosebump-inducing story, and is a straight caper film that calls upon The Italian Job and The Big Swindle as references. It was originally called Checkmate but decided on The Professionals for a title; I don’t know if it’s a greener-grass thing, but I always prefer the titles people don’t use.
In any case I hope this means that Kim Woo-bin pulls in a good performance in Friend 2 since I haven’t seen it yet. Lee Hyun-woo is fantastic and broke my heart in Covertly, Grandly, and he should just be in more stuff all the time. I love a good heist movie so if they sign on I’ll be all over this. They’d be great as a pair of cheeky crooks, and I hope for their sakes there’s a slightly smaller ensemble than in Thieves. And more thievin’ while we’re at it.
The Professionals is casting now and plans to start shooting early next year.
Via Star News
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