Moon Chae-won considers Criminal Minds opposite Lee Jun-ki
Oh, I like this better. The Korean remake of CBS’s FBI profiling drama Criminal Minds is still courting Lee Jun-ki (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo) to headline, but Kim Ah-joong must’ve turned down the starring role opposite him, because an offer is now out to Moon Chae-won (Goodbye Mr. Black). This is a pairing I’d love to see, even though it pains me a little that I might get to have Lee Jun-ki and Moon Chae-won in a drama together but it won’t be an epic sageuk.
The American crime procedural has been running for 12 seasons and focuses on a special task force of profilers in the FBI who approach their cases using criminal psychology to study suspects rather than the crime. The remake comes from production company Taewon Entertainment (IRIS, Athena), in conjunction with ABC Studios and Disney Media Distribution. There was talk of it potentially airing on KBS, but now it’s being considered at tvN for a late-night timeslot, though nothing has been decided yet.
Also considering a casting offer is veteran Sohn Hyun-joo (Signal, Three Days), who’s been mostly churning out movies (Average Person, The Hunt, The Phone). It would be awesome if he signed on—for what I’m guessing would be Mandy Patinkin’s role, though he’s only described as the team leader in the casting stories, without naming a counterpart in the American show. We do know one character for sure: Lee Sun-bin (Missing 9) is up for the role of J.J., a law enforcement officer and the communications liaison on the team who deals with local police agencies.
If they can get these actors to sign on, I’ll be pretty excited about the drama for the cast alone. Sohn Hyun-joo would make a great lead profiler, and I’d love to see Moon Chae-won as a special agent (plus it will have the added benefit of erasing her last drama from my brain). I have no idea if there are good lovelines in the original series, but we’re going to have one in the remake, right? *puppy eyes*
Criminal Minds will be fully pre-produced and plans to air this fall.
Sohn Hyun-joo, Lee Sun-bin
- News bites: February 18, 2017
- Moon Chae-won offered lead in tvN’s Bride of the Water God 2017
- Lee Jun-ki, Kim Ah-joong up for Korean drama remake of Criminal Minds
- Jo Jin-woong turns greedy goldminer in The Hunt
- Goodbye Mr. Black: Episode 1
- Lee Seung-gi and Moon Chae-won’s just-friends romance
- Moon Chae-won, Yoo Yeon-seok courted for That One Day
- Three Days: Episode 1
- Good Doctor: Episode 1