The clock has finally run out on Choi Jin-hyuk’s would-be 21 months of active military duty, following his early discharge last October for knee surgery, and that means good news for drama fans because he’s starting to look at comeback projects. He’s currently entertaining an offer to star in the new OCN time-travel drama Tunnel, though his reps say it’s just one offer of many. It’s been a while since we’ve seen him onscreen—the 2014 legal drama Pride and Prejudice was his last project before army, and though there have been offers since, he’s been quietly waiting out his service term.
The new OCN series is naturally a crime thriller, but it has a fantasy bent as well, and tells the story of a detective from the past who time-travels to the present day. Uh… so you’re basically doing another Signal but just bringing Jo Jin-woong to the present? Choi Jin-hyuk has been offered the leading role, violent crimes detective Park Kwang-ho.
I actually like Choi Jin-hyuk much more in weightier, dramatic roles, so I like the idea of him headlining an OCN thriller. I’m interested in the premise, since we so often get time-travelers who go back in time; it seems less useful for a cop from the past to travel to the future, since there’s not a whole lot he can change here. If he can go back and forth, that’s a whole different story (or yunno, Signal crossed with Nine). But hey, it’s a popular formula for a reason, and if you give me a compelling character, I’m all over that.
Tunnel is being prepped to follow Jang Hyuk and Lee Hana’s serial killer chase The Voice in early 2017.
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