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Eom Ki-joon and others recruited for SBS’s Defendant

Potential leading actors Ji Sung (Entertainer) and Han Ye-seul (Madam Antoine) are still considering starring in SBS’s new Monday-Tuesday legal thriller Defendant, and meanwhile we’ve got a few more actors who are being courted for supporting roles: Eom Ki-joon (Night Teacher, Masked Prosecutor), Eom Hyun-kyung (The Good Wife, All Is Well), and Kim Min-seok (Doctors).

Defendant is a prison-break thriller about a man named Park Jung-woo who wakes up one day and finds himself on death row with no recollection of how he got there. Before waking up to his worst nightmare, the man was an adept prosecutor and head of the violent crimes investigative unit who firmly believed that the law was not elastic. He was so skilled at his job that he never failed to find the defendant guilty. Although tough and unyielding at work, at home he melted into a softie whenever he was around his daughter. The drama is a tale of one man’s desperate struggle to regain his memory in order to survive and free himself from prison. Should Ji Sung confirm, he would be taking on the titular role, as a prosecutor-turned-defendant.

Han Ye-seul is up for the role of public defender Seo Eun-hye, who always strives to be eloquent and righteous, coldly rational, but with a warm heart. However, despite trying her best to exemplify such traits, she always ends up picking a fight with the prosecution and arguing with the judge. And she loses in court every single time.

Eom Ki-joon has been offered the part of Ji Sung’s close friend of fifteen years and fellow prosecutor at the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office, named Kang Min-seok. He and and the hero encouraged each other during their school days while preparing for exams. Instead of focusing on cases, this character is more interested in trying to read his boss’s mind and sticking his nose into other people’s affairs.

Eom Hyun-kyung is up for the role of Na Yeon-hee, the daughter of a bankrupt chaebol whose feeble appearance elicits people’s protective instincts. However, her weak exterior belies her fiery ambition, which fuels her inner survival instinct.

Kim Min-seok is the only actor of this bunch who is confirmed to appear in Defendant. He will play Lee Sung-kyu, a convict charged with assault who takes care of Ji Sung in prison whenever he’s disoriented and experiences a memory lapse. He’s the prison’s quick-witted mood-maker who knows how to gain the affections of the senior inmates.

Defendant comes from PD Jo Young-kwang of 49 Days, Yawang, and Hyde, Jekyll, Me and writer Choi Su-jin of City Hunter. Hopefully there’ll be some confirmations soon because it sounds like the story is more or less already in place, with fleshed-out and interesting characters. I can already picture all the actors in their aforementioned roles, so it would be nice to see them stick. After all, there’s nothing like a meaty drama to showcase an actor’s chops.

Defendant will premiere in January after Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim ends its run.

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Yayyyyyy Uhm Hyeong Kyeong!!!! I've been loving her on happy together and I'm so glad she got cast in something.

Also excited to see more from Kim Min Seok. :)

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I recognised her photo, liked her much in Happy Together too, then thought I was wrong coz there's no mention of Hyeon-gyeong. Ok, just realised now there's so many ways to spell her name...

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And thus the descendant became a defendant.

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Wasn't he in Doctors prior to this?(though I didn't watch that drama)

Would love to watch him in this show :)

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I liked Eom Hyun-kyung in Good Doctor

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Disliked Eom Hyun-kyung (and Kwak Shi-yang) in All is Well. Erhm...

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Yeah, they're characters that frustrated me lol. I ended up dropping the drama midway because of her character lol.

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I can totally picture ji sung mulling over the 2 scripts one for defendant and one for rebel hong gil dong i have a feeling no matter what both will be pretty good if only there was a way he could do both :)

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The last time I saw Eom Ki-joon as a lawyer, he resigned cos the government won't reimburse his travel expenses. LOL

Everyone just confirm already, please. T____T This show sounds great, I wonder why it's taking long.

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it's been awhile since eom kijoon played a good guy lol.. last time was scent of a woman... he was funny and cute in that one. actually, nevermind wasn't he in dream high?

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Yes. Dream High is ♥ ♥ ♥

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Oh the IHYV feels!!

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There's this old series I think he was in. It was a laid back, hilarious investigative series about insurance. I enjoyed it a lot.

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"life special investigation team" ^^ , he's sooo laid back there, so different from his other comical characters :D ... and I did super enjoyed it ... hoping he'll try another nice character soon

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I really hope Ji Sung accepts this drama, and Han Ye-seul declines. Instead of her, I'd rather see Moon Chae-won, Park Ha-sun, or Ha Ji Won.

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+1

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YES! The last thing Ji Sung needs is another terrible female lead *side-eyes Entertainer*

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Well if Ji sung is not playing, hope Namgoong Min takes the role!

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Eom Ki-joon can one man this. Give him a wig and he'd play Han Ye-seul role too :p.

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LMAO ... hoping to see that XD

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Without anyone else signing on, I'll check it out for Minsuk puppa. If I'm not a fan, I'll come back just for his scenes.

Kim Minsuk fighting!

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kim min seok always do the same role

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