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Kim Min-jung and Kim Ji-won consider thriller Gap-dong

I’m not sure if there’s going to be any room for romance in tvN’s new serial killer drama Gap-dong, but producers are hoping to pair leading man frontrunner Yoon Sang-hyun (I Hear Your Voice) with Kim Min-jung (Queen of the Night), who’s now being courted to play the heroine. Nobody has signed on yet, but either way I’m excited to see the next outing from the PD of I Hear Your Voice, who obviously has a knack for the creepy killer dramas.

The next Monday-Tuesday drama for tvN is venturing into thriller waters, and basing its story on the real-life unsolved serial killings of Hwaseong, which has served as a motif for many a murder mystery. It’s being penned by the writer of Royal Family, and will take its own fictional spin on a killing spree that’s past its statute of limitations, and the killer who has resurfaced twenty years later to kill again. Yoon Sang-hyun is up to play the detective who becomes a cop in the violent crimes unit just so he can catch this guy, and Sung Dong-il (Answer Me 1994) is being courted to play the veteran police chief who was a police inspector at the time of the original murders.

Kim Min-jung is considering a role as a psychiatrist, which must put her in a police-consulting capacity. Also being wooed is Kim Ji-won (Heirs), who is in talks to play a seventeen-year-old high school student and webtoon artist. She’ll be the key to solving the crime, because she gets kidnapped by the killer, and her webtoon–called “Beast’s Road”–ends up foretelling his crimes, and eventually serves as a set of clues to find him. Cool.

Gap-dong follows I Need Romance 3 and premieres in March.

Via Sports Hankook, Star News

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I loved Kim Ji-won in Heirs, she has a vulnerability to her that helped make her Standard Whiny/Bitchy Character character a lot more sympathetic than was on the page.

I hope she graduates to full-on lead soon, she's a really good actress and if What's Up is anything to go by, a total chameleon.

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Agreed. I would love to see KJW in a lead role. At times it seems like only extremely extroverted, bubbly types like Moon Geun Young and Park Shin Hye can really succeed in the industry. KJW, from her interviews and behind the scenes vids, seems more quiet and reserved. Kim So Eun is another actress who seems more quiet and reserved. I think maybe the latter two are underrated for that reason.

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She's not going to because there are no roles for girls in their early 20s who aren't named Suzy. I haven't seen a single drama announced this year on a major network that has room for them (except maybe the Lee Seung Gi police procedural but lbr they'll get someone older) and it's just so damn weird. And sad.

Meanwhile, male rookies have it so disgustingly easy that it makes me want to roll my eyes out of their sockets. Just now, some unknown newbie born in 1993 that acted in a minor role in Suspicious Housekeeper has been announced as the second male lead on Cunning Single Lady.

While Kim Ji Won (1992) is stuck playing a 17 year old. Again.

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That's just sad. Now that I think about it, a lot of idols are Kim Ji Wons age and are doing numerous dramas. UE, UI, Yoona, Han Seung-yeon and so on. I guess it is all about their fame and network.
KJW has a long way to go, but she'll get there.

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It's the like of her that stays in the movie industry. All the others would fizzle out once their idol group are disbanded.

Her co-star in HIgh Kick 3, Baek Jin-hee (1990) is almost there =). She's doing so good in Empress Ki

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And to add insult to injury, Suzy's one of the worst actresses to ever play lead in a drama. We've had this conversation before, and it really is sad - the likes of KJW, Im Joo-eun, Lee Yubi, Han Groo, Kim So-eun etc have so much talent and are already at an age when the older-gen heroines who are now considered A-list (Shin Mina, Gong Hyo-jin, Song Hye-kyo etc) had established themselves as leading ladies.

But I don't even see any non-idol actresses who are currently in second lead roles in dramas, moving on to lead in network dramas in the last two years. Literally the first one I'm seeing since Moon Chae-won in 2010-11, is Im Soo-hyang (1990) with Age of Feeling.

Maybe, just maybe, the networks will take a chance on a younger actress again, and we'll start seeing some true breakouts from the younger non-idol crowd as they enter their mid-twenties? Because it's absurd that actresses in the 19-25 age range need to have a secondary career as an idol/be child actors to even be considered for network lead roles. Cable is doing better these days, but the Big 3 are mostly where the exposure/CF popularity potential is at, and lord knows they need it.

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Funny how Im Soo-hyang wasn't even that good (I'm being kind) in Iris 2, and yet she's gotten to leading lady status before any of the other actresses you mentioned. Sigh.

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to be fair to her, from the little I've seen of Age of Feeling, she seems ok, competent even - not vacant like the second female lead, too. There's also Go Ara and Lee Yeon-hee, who sucked at acting for years but upped their game in 2013 (especially LYH, she's really impressive in Miss Korea)

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Sounds good, since I was already prepared to give Age of Feeling a chance when it premieres on KBS World, solely based on Heads' recaps. Since I totally expected the acting to stink to high heavens, Im Soo-hyang being competent is a total bonus. Maybe the undoubtedly better writing has inspired (ha! pun!) her to some extent, and hopefully it works its magic on Kim Hyun-joong.

I haven't managed to watch either Go Ara or Lee Yeon-hee over the years since my drama-watching intensity has varied depending on life and stuff. But Miss Korea's definitely on my to-watch list, thanks to the recaps, haha.

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ia... I have a complete bias for Im Joo Eun since she played Doo Ri in What's Up? -who was with kim ji won in what's up and Heirs btw- and it bugs me how she once in a while gets tiny to secondary roles here and there when she's just awesome...same happens with Yoo In Na.. after Queen Inhyun's Man I thought she would play lead roles left and right but she hasnt for some reason.

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The synopsis in general sounds really cool, and I have a lot of faith in the PD so I hope this'll be a good watch!

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This sounds fantastic ..... except the script of Royal Family makes me want to tear my hair .......... :| Fingers crossed I'm pleasantly surprised.

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She really looks like Kim Tae-hee (aside from the chin/jawline) in the bottom photo.

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KJW reminds me of Keiko Kitagawa...

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Love love love KJW, can't wait for this drama

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I'm so interested in watching this show....hasn't anyone confirmed yet?

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i'm sooo interested

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Wew she will be kidnaped again? LOL the role is same like her movies (Horror Stories) as student who has been kidnaped. But in this drama she can runaway and helped the detective. May I ask for the kidnapper/killer in that drama could be the same actor like in her movie (Yoo Yeon Seok) ? LOL

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I like how this sounds. It's kind of how I wanted Killertoon to be but that ended up way different than expected. This, however, sounds good! I hope YSH signs on cause that would be icing on the cake.

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but she needs a lead role! i swear, her rise to to the top is years overdue. she's young, talented, gorgeous, AND charismatic enough in a lead actress sort of way. she should be as hot as suzy (whom i love). but maybe this will be her last supporting role before she graduates to leading ones...

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oh, i'm talking about kim ji-won by the way :)

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Okay, now this sounds like a drought for thrillers has been filled up!!!! Can't wait to hear more about it. With Sung Dong Il being included in the drama, the creepiness factor has increased 10 times more!

Imagine if Jung Jae Young would have been wooed for a came in this ----- spine thrilling!

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hope kim ji won be in this drama!!!she is such a great actress.she was the best famale actress in the heirs with an intresting role..and if she take the role of the kidnapped student she will be even more amazing!!!!and according to the story(great one)she will be a lead role!!!

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The plot doesn't sound too new to me because theres always a male detective, a police guy that handled the original case, the killer resurfacing, and a kidnapped girl. This sounds much like Uhm Junghwa's movie, Montage. Well if that movie was also based on the real life case then it's not surprising I guess.

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okaayy I get the movie should have a kidnapped girl but why is it always a "high school" girl? I swear KJW played that character in amovie before... why cant they alter the story a bit making it a "college student" or something? Now that I ended my rant, I must say if they really sign, this would be an interesting drama...! I've been missing crime solving dramas since TEN and Vampire Prosecutor.

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Well now that KJW cut her hair and looks quite boyish with short hair i guess she would look like a 17 years old girl...i'm anticipating this drama very much because the vibe is more darker than what we see till now and tvN has good dramas or dramas that are my taste...
Indeed like many said it's sad that many good young actresses can't get out of the minor roles they are offered mainly because they aren't idols so they don't ingress popularity and posiblly ratings...MONEY to cut teh chase like the former does if the idol is in trend in that period...many fans believe that if they are real fan they must support the idol in everything even if they suck and if one says soomething objectivly (even if he/she likes the idol)they are bashing or they must be anti for sure because constructive critique is BAD...

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Kim Ji Won didn't get the lead role since she looks so young, not many writers write the love story for young people now a day. If there are stories about young people, the directors picked old people for the ages to play the leads. Their eyes should have problem since I don't think Korea is lack of actors. Even Suzy's roles, besides Dream High, the Gu family doesn't fit Suzy at all. For TacYeon, is there a need to pair him up with a more mature actress in that TVseries? Why don't they pair Kim Ji Won with Yoon Shi-yoon in a love story. I missed the days when Korea has Summer Scent, Sweet18, Sorry I love you ...

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