Yeo Jin-gu courted to join Kim Kang-woo in sci-fi mystery Circle
Ah, tvN’s sci-fi mystery project Circle just got more interesting, with a leading role going out to Yeo Jin-gu (Jackpot) for what would be his first (technically) adult role; he’s been transitioning out of child roles for a while, but actually turns twenty this year. The drama recently put out an offer to Kim Kang-woo (Goodbye, Mr. Black) for the other lead role; Kim is still considering, while a third actor, Kwon Hyuk-soo (Missing 9), has been confirmed for a supporting role.
I’m still trying to figure out exactly what Circle will look like, but I’m intrigued by its premise and its attempt at a new storytelling format, set in both present-day Korea and in 2037 with aliens arriving on Earth. It’s believed that the future of mankind depends on controlling and regulating people’s emotions, and humans learn new skills from the aliens and also take advantage of them; what ensues is a story of alliance, resistance, and love. One episode will contain two shorter stories, the first part set in 2017 and called “Beta Project,” with the second set in 2037 and called “Grand New World.”
Yeo Jin-gu has been offered the role of a character named Woo-jin who is a university student in the 2017 portion of the drama, while Kim Kang-woo’s would-be character is a violent-crimes detective in the 2037 part. And while the description mostly sounds mysterious and serious, Kwon Hyuk-soo’s character is described as providing the comic element as an energetic, impassioned detective in 2037. That’s spot-on casting, because while he can be more serious, I know him mostly as that goofy guy from SNL Korea, who’s always up for a funny face or a laugh.
As for the new format, I’m all for it; when parallel storytelling is done well, it can make for a satisfyingly mind-bending story. Also, tvN has experience in this realm, demonstrating this dual-plot concept in a few different ways, with shows like Queen In-hyun’s Man, Nine, Signal, and Tomorrow With You.
The writers of Six Flying Dragons and Tree With Deep Roots, Kim Young-hyun and Park Sang-yeon, are the creators of Circle, while a team of four writers will pen scripts: Kim Jin-hee (Alice in Cheongdam-dong), Ryu Moon-sang (Drama Festival’s Escaping Slavery), Park Eun-mi (Drama Festival’s Haneuljae’s Murder), and Yoo Hye-mi.
There’s been some talk of Circle taking up the late-night weekend timeslot on tvN, although as of now it is currently unscheduled.
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