Casting complete for undercover cop drama Hidden Identity
Casting is finalized on tvN’s upcoming undercover-cop drama, whose title is now Hidden: Hidden Identity (I swear it sounds less redundant in Korean — still a bit redundant, just not that bad), which comes from the director of OCN’s gritty Bad Guys. Park Sung-woong (Fatal Encounter, She Is Wow) and Kim Bum (Goddess of Fire Jung-yi) were already attached; now joining the team are Yoon So-yi (IRIS 2, Color of Woman) and Lee Won-jong (Secret Door, Empress Ki). So far, so good.
The show focuses around a secret investigative police team, and sounds like a cross between a small, nimble Scooby gang and a slick black ops unit. Their methods include wiretapping, communications monitoring, and deep-cover infiltration, and they’ll “cross the legal line” (what a nice euphemism for breaking the law) to get at their goals. Now that I like, since the bureaucracy of police organizations can be so frustrating (to the cops, naturally, but also to us viewers) and sometimes you just want the good guys to sneak in there and get ‘er done. Lots of room for gray areas and blurred lines, which on a dramatic front is a lot more interesting too.
Kim Bum’s character is described as a “human weapon” — that’s an image that corresponds with his background as both a SEAL and a SWAT member before joining this undercover team, and comes about after his girlfriend dies in a case related to something called Ghost. He embarks on a revenge mission and pursues his targets doggedly, picking up the nickname Mad Dog in the process. It’s a turnaround from Kim Bum’s usual gentler image, but one I’m looking forward to.
Park Sung-woong will be the team’s super-perceptive leader who is granted permission to form this investigation team in the first place, and he takes his responsibility seriously, believing that if something goes awry, he’ll bear the burden himself. It’s another image turnaround, since Park so often plays dark villains (and with such aplomb) that I’m happy to see him in the role of principled leader.
Yoon So-yi takes on a “multiplayer” character with particular skills in disguise and collecting information. She’s also deft at psychoanalysis and martial arts. Lee Won-jong, meanwhile, plays to his image to a tee as the well-informed guy with the shady back-alley connections. He’s “a better scammer than a real scammer” with a sly personality and a talent for disguises.
Hidden: Hidden Identity will air on tvN as a Monday-Tuesday drama premiering in June.
Via Beauty Hankook