Jo Seung-woo drops Pied Piper, Shin Ha-kyun signs on
Saaaaad. Don’t get me wrong, I like Shin Ha-kyun (Mr. Back). But I love Jo Seung-woo (God’s Gift—14 Days), which is why I’m sad to hear that he ended up turning down the offer to headline tvN’s Pied Piper. Just don’t stay away from TV for too long, okay? The new series from the PD-writer team behind Liar Game is about a police crisis negotiation team, and in addition to Shin Ha-kyun, Jo Yoon-hee (King’s Face) and Yoo Joon-sang (Heard It Through the Grapevine) are in talks to join the production.
The new police drama will focus on a task force that deals with tense situations that require highly specialized negotiation skills, in cases that range from suicide attempts to hostage standoffs, to terrorist attacks. They’ll use words instead of weapons to save the day, which I think is a cool concept and a good fit for the Liar Game writer and director, who made math and head games a tense, thrilling ride from start to finish.
Shin Ha-kyun is confirmed to play the lead character, a former corporate negotiator who’s a genius at the art of persuasion. He joins the police crisis negotiations team as an external specialist, and becomes its leader. He’s got a killer smile that disarms people, but in his head, he’s able to exclude emotion, see all the possibilities in a situation, and be coldly calculating. He sounds a lot like Ha Woo-jin actually, except for the smiling part. And if I stop being sad about Jo Seung-woo not playing him (waaah), then I can see Shin Ha-kyun in the role very easily.
Both Jo Yoon-hee and Yoo Joon-sang are still unconfirmed for their roles: Jo Yoon-hee has been cast as a police lieutenant on the crisis negotiations team, and Yoo Joon-sang is up to play a broadcast news anchor. Oh he’d make a good anchor. He’d also make a good evil anchor. Hm, I’m split on whether he’s good or bad, because he’s equally believable either way. Hopefully they’ll get the cast to stick this time.
Pied Piper will follow Cheese in the Trap on Mondays and Tuesdays in March.