Jang Hyuk, Lee Hana sign on to catch a killer in OCN’s The Voice
Aw man, no Lee Shi-young? I’m a little disappointed that yet another round of casting fell through for OCN’s upcoming crime thriller The Voice, but at least they finally found a leading actress. At this point I hardly care who it is because we’ve been going in circles with this one casting story for weeks. It was a much easier road to find a lead actor, as Jang Hyuk (Beautiful Mind) has accepted the offer to star. Meanwhile, offers initially went out to Bae Doo-na, Chun Woo-hee, and then Lee Shi-young to play the female lead, but in the end the part went to Lee Hana (Unkind Women, High School King of Savvy), who has officially signed on.
The new crime thriller comes from PD Kim Do-hyuk of I Love Lee Tae-ri and writer Ma Jin-won of I Am Legend and Save the Last Dance for Me, and tells the story of police officers who work at the 112 emergency call center, who have both lost their loved ones at the hands of a serial killer. Jang Hyuk plays a former star detective who became broken after losing his wife, and ends up transferred to the precinct with the lowest crime rate in the entire country, where he works as a first-responder.
He becomes obsessed with finding his wife’s killer and turns into a monster, and while chasing down every lead, he meets Lee Hana’s character, and discovers a hidden secret to the case. Lee Hana plays a police officer who was working at the emergency call center the night that a gruesome murder took place, and when her police sergeant father was dispatched to investigate it, she was on the phone and heard him die at the scene.
She’s described as a tough character with excellent martial arts skills, who’s often underestimated because of her appearance. She’s gifted with perfect psychoacoustics, and can tell the difference between the meows of street cats — it’s a skill she turns into a specialization as a “voice profiler,” and she becomes a team leader at the call center where she uses her abilities to listen for clues in solving cases.
Together they’ll team up against the serial killer who took their loved ones, and in the process they’ll discover the true meaning of their jobs. Well I can already picture Jang Hyuk with the crazy eyes in obsessed killer-chasing mode, that’s for sure. It’ll be a bigger departure for Lee Hana, who never really excites me as an actress; but maybe an action role will bring out a side of her that changes my mind.
The Voice is preparing to air in January on OCN.
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