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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.

Via Osen

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OCN really need a new wind. Their drama always good at first but boring after all.

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Same pilot too...

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Um, Task Force 36 was pretty amazing in my book.

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but all of my favorite dramas are by them! TEN, vampire prosecutor, missing noir m, and bad guys!

anyway, i was really hoping to see chun wonhee with janghyuk but oh well

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I just find it funny that we went from Bae Doona the Great, to the Amazing Chun Woohee, to Okay, Lee Shiyoung, and now Eh, Lee Hana? ?

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not gonna lie, those were my exact thoughts from bae doona to lee shiyoung (i never watched anything by lee hana). i was really hoping for chun woohee though

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i just noticed i wrote that i was hoping for chun woohee twice, my bad

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I agree. Nothing against Lee Hana but coming from the possibility of Bae Doona and Chun Woo Hee to her is just a let down. Chun Woo Hee in particular would have been great!

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wow, if I'm not wrong, she has never done any action role right? I wonder how is she going to do this ??? hmm

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Okay, I'm really disappointed. Never really been a fan of Lee Hana's acting. Would still give this a chance though!

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Lee Ha Na,hmm.. Not too happy about that but for as long as we have Jang Hyuk as male lead, that's all we need.

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I'm not familiar with the actress but I did enjoy Jang Hyuk in Fated to Love You. The plot also reminds me of I Remember You so I might pick it up since I love crime stories.

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I don't know why a lot of people don't like Lee Hana. Personally I liked her since Alone in Love and really love her portrayal in High School King. So I'll give this drama a try.

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Me too, for Lee Hana

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Well, she's a woman... and people (sadly, mostly other women) will dislike her for whatever reason they create... Meanwhile, the most bland, cartoonish and just plain bad actor/ideol will be loved and people will defend him at any cost.

See: Kim Kibum, Ok Taecyeon, Lee Soo Huyk (the vampire-like guy), Kim WooBin who plays the same role over and over again (but oppa has been typecasted!!!11) and tons of other guys...

Sadly, here in DB there are A LOT of people lie this (and from both sides...)

Still, DB is a good source for info (if you don't read the comments tho)

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I don't think you're giving us fans enough credit. I do understand that people tend to be more bias towards actors they like personally, sometimes on a superficial note, but I think that can be with both male and female actors. I'm not a fan of Lee Hana simply because I wasn't crazy about her style of acting in HSKoS, not because she's a girl. I think Hyeri and Taecyeon and Suzy and L are all absolutely gorgeous, but that doesn't mean I will refuse to acknowledge their flaws when it comes to their acting abilities.
Basically, it's human nature to be a little subjective sometimes, but that doesn't mean we're willfully ignorant about our 'oppas' and their weaknesses. Not always, anyway. xD
And hey now, Lee Soo Hyuk and Kim Woo Bin are hardly 'bland'! Sure, they're not exactly veterans, but they are both talented! Lee Soo Hyuk (my precious vampire puppy) rocked it in SWWTH, and Kim Woo Bin's latest drama was hardly a fun watch, but you've got to admit his acting was pretty heart-wrenching.
Then again, those two (spesh the former) are MY biases, so I'm not the most reliable critic in this case. xD

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*woman
(Ugh, when you type 'girl' and then remember that you hate when people call grown-ass women 'girls' but you can't edit... the struggle is real lol)

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She's not bad and quite cute in High School King of Savvy, c'mon ppl don't hate her becos of her awkward/unique role in this drama, cos her role was made like that by the writer, somebody who have poor posture, no confidence and quite awkward in social situations, don't really doll up etc....I actually think that SIG and her chemistry was great....I love their kiss scenes actually...hahaha....not all female leads have to be pretty as heaven...Just like in Pretty Ugly/She Was Pretty and etc...the female leads were made average looking but their hearts were kind and they have good personality....

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Why do i feel that i have seen this before

"ex star detective..wife died...hunting killer..."

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Me too. It's kinda a cliched plot but nevermind since I like crime genre.

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Omg, hearing your father die...that's so dark D8

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It really is : (

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Not Lee Hana. Well at least she is cast with someone more age appropriate, but still. No. Bummer. I was looking forward to this, was.

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Aw, I like Lee Hana. She's got an earnest vibe I really like, and I'm looking forward to seeing her try something new, especially since the male lead is sick an awesome actor! Lee Hana, fighting!

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Same, I like her. Will give this drama a watch now that Lee Ha Na is on board!

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LOL.. I really want to support this drama, for Lee Hana. That's why i'm gonna +1 or 'me too' or in this reply 'same here'.. So, please be good, drama.

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Uh. Nothing against Lee Hana, I liked her in HSKOS but this does feel a little disappointing considering we started with the possibility of Bae Doona or Chun Woo Hee

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I've only seen Lee Hana in High School King of Savvy and this role sounds like it's completely different. If she does this well, I think she's a pretty good actress.

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I am glad the casting for the leads is finalized but I do wonder why it was so hard to find a female lead. I am not familiar with Lee Hana but I am for new actresses to expend their repertoire. If it is her first action drama/ movie, I wish her luck and hope she will be convincing in the role. We`ll see.

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I so much disliked Lee Ha Na in High school king of savvy. Her weird embarrassing character just made me drop the show halfway. Seriously. I havent watched any of her other works, so dont know whether she is good or bad actress.

However, still am disappointed with the casting of female lead. I had high hopes like Ha Ji Won, or Kim hye soo to do this type of role.

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Wow, I really thought I was the only one in that situation with High School King. I even keep going back to it to try and finish because I love the male leads and the plot and the writer / PD team so much. It's so incredibly frustrating!!

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Same goes for me, as much as I tried to watch it for the crazily adorable SIG, I ended up dropping the series. I guess I couldn't really see LHN's charm in that drama :c

Also, am I the only one that feels somewhat uncomfortable looking at LHN's posture? I feel like she's always slightly hunched when standing.... Or maybe she was just playing her character.

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Me too. She was just socially awkward, I just couldn't see him falling in love her. I wanted to scream at her walk straight. Loved king of high school, but didn't like the romance. I'm sure she is a fine actress but her character was grating in this.

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I think it was her character. Honestly it was the character I have a problem with, not the actress. Like BlessingWind said, I've never seen her in anything else so I can't really comment on her acting skills!

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I don't mind who is the female lead as long as we get Jang Hyuk as the male lead! Looking forward to this woohoo....

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Prettysup! *waves hi*

I kind of agree and yet I also want him to have a good female counterpart. But yup will be checking this out regardless!

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I like her, wasn't going to watch but now I think I will. Their characters sound interesting. It reminds me of the Rizzoli and Isles series (book not the show), the characters dealing with these type of situations.

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I was thinking that it would be great if they will do someday a thriller/ procedural drama like Rizzoli and Isles, with two strong female leads.

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The Rizzoli & Isles books are great, I really like them. Don't like the show, it just feels wrong.

As for The Voice, happy that Jang Hyuk has signed on, and while I'm not a fan of Lee Hana, am willing to give the drama a try and see what she can do.

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I don't like her... :(

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Noooo why it has to be Lee Ha Na? :( I want to watch it for Jang Hyuk but I don't like Lee Ha Na as an actress (I tried to watch High School King of Savvy because Seo In Gook was adorable and Lee Soo Hyuk was hot but her character and her acting made me dropped the drama halfway). Well, maybe I will still give this drama a try for a few episodes... hope she will change my mind in this.

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I may be thinking of another drama but wasn't the main character supposed to be a woman when Bae Doona was considering the role until it was suddenly changed to a male character? Then Jang Hyun was quickly cast and it took much longer to secure a female lead. I really wish the writer had (or maybe was allowed to) stick with their original script idea.

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I have mixed feelings because of the comments about the female lead, because I dearly want Jang Hyuk to have a good and well received drama.
And I was puzzled because some people in the previous post were commenting that some of the stronger female actresses should avoid signing on since the drama will be focused on Jang Hyuk. (Or maybe I misunderstood?)

Anyway hope that Lee Hana's character turns out to be as bad ass as she sounds on paper- because the description sounds pretty cool. Just don't neuter her half way through, ok drama?

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I think the general opinion is that since JH has signed on, the drama will refocus on his character instead, and hence it'll be very difficult to get those Chungmuro actresses on board. I suspect that this may be the reason why the role changed hands so many times, but it may also be the script, or just OCN. I don't think I've seen a female centric drama from OCN, unlike tvN and JTBC, and that may be the reason why female actors may be a little apprehensive about taking up the role.

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Bae Doona and CHun Won Hee are both chungmuro actresses. Unless there is strong script in their hand, it is hard to see them in dramaland.

Jang Hyuk is awesome , and this drama since it is on OCN probably will be more male-centric drama. I do think, established and A-list actress like Ha Ji Won, Kim Hye Soo (just mention few names that people have pointed out to be possible female lead) probably won't want to be outshone by Jang Hyuk. It will be different if both male and female parts are equal. But with OCN, I don't know. They tend to focus more on male centric drama. That's my opinion.

Since it is most likely will be male centric drama, I don't mind with Lee Ha Na. She was never impressed me with anything but who knows she will suit this role.

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ohhh......no lee si young.....I am dissappointed......
But while I am not a fan of any of the actors, I really like Crime thrillers...I am on board.
I would have liked to watch lee si young in this role, bcoz none of her roles were REALLY badass, I liked her in beautiful bride but almost all of the lime light was on the actor (well of course she wasnt the heroine) and golden cross also was a nice political drama however most of the action was carried out by kim kang woo and si young was in Poseidon too but even my love for her wasn't enough to make me endure it. Now I will have to wait for her new movie, Midsummer.

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I have never seen this actress before so I can't comment on her.

The whole "voice profiling" angle sounds interesting though, certainly different from other things we usually see in dramas.

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I agree. It doesn't seem to be the normal criminal profiling that we normally see in police/crime dramas. Something new.

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Not familiar with Lee Hana or any of her works, but I'm glad Jang Hyuk is confirmed.

I love me a good thriller. I hope this show delivers!

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I like the cast, JH is an amaizing actor and LHN does well for me.

And the premise may sound just like another 1000 dramas, but, hey! nobody is complaining abut the plucky or candy heroine and the chaebol/brooding guy plot used over and over and over again...

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Oh, I think we are; there is plenty of grumbling about chaebols, Candys, geeeeniuses, evil female second leads, and the rest, around here. However, I have learnt that there is very little connection between the formula plots that we are given during the promotions stage, and the tone and quality of the final product. I like Jang Hyuk far more than a lot of his latest dramas, and I have nothing for or against Lee Hana, so I will wait until the show has started to decide whether it is worth a try...

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acting and working alongside jang hyuk will bring out the best in any actress. he is so awesome and i think he has a knack of bringing out the best in the ones he works with. i think they just get drawn into the story along with him. yes, i love jang hyuk.

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I don't get how an actress could be rejected or dismissed just because of one role.

Actors aren't the characters they play and not surprisingly can even play very different characters from one project to the others.
Also the quality of the acting depends heavily on the quality of the writing and the directing (the PD plays a big part in the acting choices).

Especially in k-dramaland where female characters are clearly not given the same treatment than their male counterpart. Personally i think that Seo In Gook was very much blessed/spoiled in High School King of Savvy: he got the best parts to play (i adored him nonetheless).

So i don't think it's fair to affirm that because she was once "bad", she will always be "bad".

I was initially confused a lot by Lee Hana's character because i couldn't understand why she has to be so often humiliated, only to make the show more "funny".

However i liked that the drama never treated her like a doll who only needed a makeover to become the ideal girlfriend: her awkardness and bad posture, her lack of fashion sense, and inability to socially fit in were kept intact until the very end to prove that if love helped her to grow and to develop confidence, it wasn't an overnight transformation but a slow process which required from her a lot of work.

I think she had an excellent chemistry with Seo In Gook: i still can't watch his new show because i can't accept him with another female lead. That's how good they were together.

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After trying to cast Bae Doona or Lee Si Young they ended up casting Lee Hana? Nothing against her, but it's kind of disappointing.

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I've never really watched any of Lee Hana's stuff so.... Can I just know why people don't like her much? Just curious

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Noooo Lee Hana?? Bummer. She's just not charismatic for me.

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I don't have too much faith in the writer nor the actress. I hope this drama doesn't mean another drama flop to Jang Hyuk.

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i'm just worried that she's as tall as jang hyuk, or almost...

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As a Kim So Eun fan, the only comment I have to contribute is that Lee Ha Na made the right choice dropping Our Gab Soon and wait for a script like this.

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