Masked Prosecutor loses Ohn Joo-won, gains Eom Ki-joon
Eom Ki-joon, Ohn Joo-wan
In a bit of a bad news/good news deal, we have Masked Prosecutor losing one of its supporting actors, Ohn Joo-wan (Punch, Surplus Princess), though it’s signing on Eom Ki-joon (Golden Cross) to replace him. So while I wish Ohn Joo-wan the best in recovering from the health issue that took him out, I can’t be too sad about the actor switcheroo.
A rep from Ohn Joo-wan’s company explained that several days ago, Ohn was hospitalized after he collapsed from dizziness while working on shoots. According to the hospital, the cause was extreme vertigo caused by accumulated exhaustion. He was prescribed a month of rest, and thus had to leave the show. (In an example of why you can’t ever fully trust these canned press announcements, the rep explained that they were searching for a replacement but had found no success, only to have Eom Ki-joon announced almost immediately as said replacement. Ha.)
The role is of an elite prosecutor who’s a core member of a powerful group of fellow prosecutors; he’s on the fast track to success and has never really faced defeat or difficulty. (So… is he playing his Golden Cross character all over again? Maybe a little less evil this time?)
Eom Ki-joon’s character will also provide a rivalry with the drama’s hero, Joo Sang-wook, who’s sort of a Bruce Wayne-meets-Vampire Prosecutor type of guy—in his day job as a prosecutor, he’ll act materialistic and glib as his cover identity, and then by night he’s all flying fists and righteous anger as he fights against the injustices he can’t fix via the system. This drama will also be reuniting Eom Ki-joon with Kim Sun-ah (they were in Scent of a Woman together, where he played her childhood classmate and then oncologist), although as a second lead, poor Dr. Poopy-seok is destined to miss out on the girl’s affections yet again. You poop your pants once and you never live it down, huh?
Masked Prosecutor has already shot its teaser, but I suppose they’ll have to redo some shoots to work in the new guy. The drama is set to follow Unkind Women in May.
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