Missing 9 courts Jung Kyung-ho as male lead, releases character descriptions
More developments on the new drama Missing 9 formerly known as Picnic, formerly known as Gaia: After a recent change in scribes, switching from Angry Mom’s Kim Ban-di to Police Unit 38’s Han Jung-hoon, Missing 9 is now undergoing a major casting shakeup.
Missing 9 centers around Seo Joon-ho, a washed-up, former Kpop star who’s now an on-camera reporter just living from day to day and his stylist, Na Bong-hee, who get stranded on an island together. Initially, this project was in discussions to be the followup to MBC’s Monster, but after Woman With a Suitcase was decided on instead, it got pushed, renamed a third time to Missing 9, and is now being extensively reworked, beginning with the increase in age of the main leads from characters in their twenties to early thirties now.
Actor Jung Kyung-ho (One More Happy Ending) is in talks to join as the male lead, the same role Kang Haneul (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo) was in talks for, but it appears Kang has since declined. Kang Haneul and Hyeri (Entertainer) were the initial frontrunners to play the leads back when the story was about a popular idol with a difficult personality and an ordinary girl who get stranded on an island after their plane crashes, but that no longer is the case with Kang’s withdrawal and Hyeri’s exit in September.
Jung Kyung-ho’s agency, Management Donghaeng, has declared that Jung has received the script, but it’s in need of modification. That makes plenty of sense given the writer overhaul and consequently, the drastic change in the island narrative. No confirmations have been made as of now, but Missing 9 is just one of several projects Jung is considering.
EXO’s Chanyeol and rookie actress Lee Sun-bin (Police Unit 38) are still attached and confirmed to appear. Chanyeol will be playing Lee Yeol, the cute, playboy drummer who serves as the face of an idol band and is kind to all women. However, a drunk driving incident in the past wherein someone else took the fall has left him feeling as though he has a debt to pay.
Lee Sun-bin will take on the role of Ha Ji-ah, a top Hallyu actress and goddess-like beauty, whose level of rudeness is as high as her upturned nose. She suffers from hemolytic anemia, so whenever she gets cut she experiences immense blood loss. In order to survive in the cutthroat entertainment world, she masks her weaknesses and affliction by deliberately escalating her rage.
Missing 9 will be produced by SM C&C, and it’s being considered at MBC, though its broadcaster and airdate have not been determined at this time.
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