Investigative crime thriller Hidden Identity comes to tvN
Dark crime thriller Bad Guys was a pretty solid hit for cable station OCN, but its director, PD Kim Jung-min, is hopping over to tvN for his next project, a drama titled Hidden Identity. Casting’s already begun, with Park Sung-woong (Fatal Encounter, Commitment, She Is Wow, Gaksital, New World) named as one of the leads, which is promising since he’s always awesome. A Chungmuro regular with a tendency to play villains, I always think of him as Hot Ajusshi, since he’s got an intense stare and compelling smolder.
The drama is an investigative police thriller, and invents a new police department (in addition to the existing departments for criminal investigations, special investigations, criminal affairs, and white collar crime) that’ll be the focus of the show. They’ll hunt down criminals and investigate crimes while undercover (hence the title), and members will include a late-twenties male senior police officer, an early-forties male chief superintendent, and a twentysomething female senior officer.
I find this an interesting move, since I would’ve thought PD Kim would stick with OCN (he also directed the 2012 fantasy-thriller Hero), and also since crime thrillers like this are more OCN’s bag than tvN’s. But perhaps tvN feels comfortable having established itself with lighter dramatic and romantic fare, and wants to dip its toe into darker waters?
Apparently Park Sung-woong had been considered for Bad Guys, but because a producer heard a rumor that he didn’t do dramas, they didn’t even get to offer the role. He recently heard this from the director of photography and decided to do Hidden Identity.
Writing is Kang Hyun-sung of Chosun Police 3; Hidden Identity has been scheduled for the Monday-Tuesday tvN timeslot following Let’s Eat 2 (which begins in April), putting its premiere in June.
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