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Yang Dong-geun in contention to join Missing 9

Missing 9 casting continues, with Yang Dong-geun (Three Musketeers, Hero) currently in the mix to take a role in the MBC drama about a former K-pop star and a stylist who crash-land on an island (formerly titled Picnic and Gaia). Last we heard, Jung Kyung-ho (One More Happy Ending) and Baek Jin-hee (Pride and Prejudice) were in contention to headline, with Exo’s Chanyeol and Lee Sun-bin (Police Unit 38) onboard in supporting roles.

My first thought upon hearing this casting possibility was that maybe Yang Dong-geun would be using his rap-star background to join the pop-star lead, but it turns out the role he’s considering is of a good, warm-hearted prosecutor who hides his identity in order to get to the bottom of his little brother’s death. I have to admit I’m a teensy bit disappointed that the role isn’t weirder, funnier, or more badass, not because he’s not great at playing good and warm, but because I think he really shines in quirky characters. Who else could make nose-picking so hilarious?

If Yang Dong-geun takes the role, it would be his first broadcast network drama in ten years; he’s done cable dramas in recent years with OCN’s action noir Hero and tvN’s swashbuckling sageuk Three Musketeers, but 2007’s I Am Sam (or I Am the Teacher) was his last broadcast show, where he played a meek, nice teacher to a group of troublemaking teenagers that included early-career Park Min-young, TOP, and Lee Min-ho. Currently, Yang is keeping busy as the MC of Mnet’s competitive reality program Unpretty Rapstar 3.

Missing 9, written by Police Unit 38’s Han Jung-hoon and directed by PD Choi Byung-gil (Angry Mom), is being prepared for broadcast in the first half of next year.

Via Sports Chosun

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Can they just erase the fact that this show was supposed to be Picnic or Gaia because now every description sounds way more interesting but its the bts drama that makes you curious and nervous where the show is headed to.

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the role he’s considering is of a good, warm-hearted prosecutor who hides his identity in order to get to the bottom of his little brother’s death

How much hiding is he gonna do? How long has he been hiding?

Don't give up on the quirky role yet, jb! He could be undercover as Jung Kyung-ho's idol bandmate for 10 years in his quest for the truth...

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Ah, YDG! I love this man. If he can pull nose-picking hilariously, I trust he could pull a warm-hearted man in hiding wonderfully and make us lol over his guilelessness.

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He's also on The Return of Superman with his very cute baby daughter, Joy.

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I only knew him through Return of Superman... OGG !

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I thought Unpretty Rapstar 3 already ended...

Anyway, I guess there's already a lot of sponsors on this project? Why the heck does this drama have to continue when there's so many changes already? I doubt by the time the show airs it will be about a K-Pop star, a stylist, and on an island...

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Quite enjoyed Yang Dong-geun in 3M that I forgot that he was a hip hop artist.

Got more natural acting talent than many idols-turned actors (not that there aren't some who are very good actors).

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