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Lee Jun-ki’s tense gun standoff in first stills for Criminal Minds

Korea’s remake of Criminal Minds has released fresh-off-the-press stills of Lee Jun-ki (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo), and it’s giving me those action-thriller Two Weeks vibes all over again. Now I can’t wait to see Lee Jun-ki kicking ass onscreen soon.

This upcoming drama is based on a popular long-running American CBS crime procedural by the same name. The source material features a FBI team of highly trained behavioral profilers who track down criminals that no one else can seem to catch. Production company Taewon Entertainment is taking the lead on this project, and CEO Jung Tae-won posted the featured stills on his social media account to show us how well filming was progressing.

I’m so excited for this actor lineup, although details about which characters they’ll be reprising have not been made clear. Sohn Hyun-joo (Three Days) is shown in the picture below, peering at a crime scene along with Lee Jun-ki. We also have some strong female characters on the cast, including Moon Chae-won (Goodbye Mr. Black), Lee Sun-bin (Missing 9, Police Unit 38), and Yoo Sun (Our Gap-soon), so fingers crossed that it’ll be amazing.

Pre-production for Criminal Minds has already begun, and it is slated for broadcast on tvN this July.

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My girl crushes are here my poor heart can't resist~

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I'm not a fan of the american version but I'll give this one a shot.

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Same here. Guns are boring/overdone (or at least they are here in the US...) and I was never a fan of the show, but LJK so totally.

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Criminal Minds is about serial killers and mysterious murder's cases.

It's impossible to not include guns when the main characters have to deal with criminals. Criminals have guns.

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Sure, but in TV they're often used as a boring narrative shortcut. One thing I appreciate about KDramas is that every confrontation isn't a cheesy gun ballet.

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I like LJK in modern avatar more. Or, may be, its scarlet heart'burn' talking

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You know he really looks different here. A lot of times in the period outfits and even on his own instagram he has this very "elfish" look that makes him very etherial. But for this, it looks like he put on maaaaaybe 5 pounds and is not trying to look thin and waifish and suddenly he looks extra manly. I suspect this is all just how his makeup and contouring is done but it's very interesting he can present such radically different facades!

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@Alessar He looked different in every drama.

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I think he said the lost extra wait especially for Scarlet Heart, to match the rest of the young cast (which probably goes for his makeup, costumes, etc. too). It's awesome that his so versatile :)

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I remember something about him losing the weight because the director wanted him to have a severe face line. I remember it because it was odd, but watching the show, it was very noticeable. Then, folks were distressed that he had lost the weight!

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Ah,please let this be good as the cast is amazing!!!Really want soo much for LJK to have a hit drama,he totally deserves it!!!

I'm gonna take this drama as it's own and even if it's promoted as a remake of the awesome Criminal Minds i must say i will wath it as it's own rather than making comparitions as character wise...I have that guess they will take the main core of the original and mold it on korean standards...

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Then again he did look like this in the thank you video for his DramaFever award so maybe the guy really did just eat a sandwich.

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I think subway has been sponsoring his meals at least twice a day.

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I think he might be more of a Quizno's tier actor.

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Yes! Lee Jun Ki is back!!!

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Yassssss

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Girls are all ++++

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Yayyy, excited to see Lee Jun Ki in a modern role and a crime thriller drama at that!

There's been barely any promos about this drama. I guess it is still early. July seems far away~ xD

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Yes!!!

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I will see it for Joongi , love his acting. and All the cast is nice.

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should I watch first the US original series before watching this?

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Hi, EMZ!

I do not think that you should have to watch the whole show, as god knows how many seasons it's been since it premiered. You might want to check out some episodes from the first couple of seasons just to look at the characterizations, relationship dynamics, and the structure of the show. I only think I saw the first few seasons. There were a number of cast changes.

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It's refreshing to once again see Lee Jun-ki in modern fare.

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Lee joon gi Te deseo la mayores de los exitos ,sos un exelente actor,SUERTE!!!!!BESOS

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Lee Jun Ki in contemporary clothing, how refreshing! This cast looks golden. I haven't watched the original Criminal Minds so I'll be going in with no expectations or comparisons. I'm excited! I totally forgot this was happening. :)

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Is it just me or does the guy from scarlet heart (I am soooo sorry I cant remember his name...) But dosn't he seem a little older? WEll when I say little I mean like he personally looks like he has aged 7-10 years in my view ^^:; Maybe in the actual drama he wil look younger and maybe in the other stills that will come out XD

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It could be the just the images or he's portraying a more mature character compared to his previous drama. Lee Jun Ki's 35 years old in real life. Different styling and makeup can make someone look more mature or younger. Someones appearance can also be affected if they don't get enough rest or under a lot of stress. I heard the cast and crew had to pull some all-nighters.

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In MLSHR, his character Wang So was approx 18yo from ep 1 then 25yo when he became King. Then the last epi he would have been on late 20's or early 30s.

In CM, his role is an experienced agent so the age of his character must be between 35-38yo.

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OPPA <33333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333

(and this time without his face half hidden and hopefully no cheesy rap soundtrack, please and thank you drama gods)

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Cheesy rap soundtrack??

You know what... pretend I never asked. ?

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Oppa as genius profiler ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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Oppa as genius flirty profiler ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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TEACHEEEEER!!!

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Lee Jun-ki and Moon Chae-won... I can't believe I actually forgot about this drama! But there are so many premieres lately, most of them with awesome leads, it totally slipped my mind. Can't wait!

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Yeah. I forgot about this too.So excited.

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It's only starting in July- which is still too far away! Don't forget about it before then!

*waits impatiently for July*

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July feels too far. I can't wait.

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Yes yes yes. Can it just be July already!

*drums fingers on table*
*bounces up and down*

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About time we saw this fellow onscreen in simple pants and shirts. Though I'll admit, it feels jarring to see him without dramatic, flowing robes.

Clothing worries aside, I hope the drama is good one!

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He looks so...normal and mature, I can't wait to see him in action! Looks like he added some pounds too, good. Can you imaging him with a beard and mustache? I didnt think it'd look good on Lee Dong Wook but he appeared on my screen in full glory and slayed me. Here's to LJK!

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Last episode of Joseon Gunman, he has facial hair and looks smashing.

http://www.dramafever.com/st/news/images/MWSnap692_2014-09-06_20_46_27.jpg

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Lee jun ki!!!!??? i don't really like the plot but it's lee jun ki!!!???

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I'm a fan of the American Criminal Minds :) I can't wait to see the Korean take of it. I love the cast too :D

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Lee Jun Ki is great in Saguks but damn he is smashing hot in this too!

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Excited for this whole re-make and for LJK and the rest of the cast. Please let this be good, I'm so looking forward to it.

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Please let this be good!

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It's been a while since i saw LJK in a modern-day drama. My Heart!

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Son Hyun Joo is in this? How did I miss that? If he's more than a cameo, I'll have no choice but to watch^^

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@risingsun he will play a major role too, if i am not mistaken.

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Thanks, tineybeanie! I'm getting TWO WEEKS and TIME BETWEEN DOG AND WOLF vibes from that first photo. Nice.

It will be interesting to see how the Korean adaptation of CRIMINAL MINDS turns out. I think I watched the entire American series, but not while it was running. After profiling heinous criminals week in and week out for years, it got to me. (But that was in addition to watching various editions of CSI, BONES, ELEMENTARY, CASTLE, NCIS, and the original Swedish WALLANDER, so I can't really put all the blame on CRIMINAL MINDS, now can I?) I'm hoping to be spared a serial killer a la VOICE. One was more than enough, thank you. Maybe we'll get to see more of a character study of the team and how they tick as individuals, which is fine by me.

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I loved the photo of him - look at those gorgeous eyes! I'm glad he's looking a little more his age in this one. I loved Criminal Minds so I'm not sure I'll be watching the show all through if they follow it too closely, but I will definitely check in to see LJK!

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LJG is indeed looking good. I'm so glad he's lost the "lean and hungry look" that I found distressing in MOON LOVERS. Here he is a bit more filled out yet still trim. And yes -- the eyes have it. In spades.

Hmm. I was surprised to see that the American series is still running. It's up to season 12 or 13. So maybe I saw the first 8 or 9. It was in syndication by then, and there have to be 100 episodes in the can for that to happen, IIRC. Like Mandy Patinkin, the darkness got to me after a while.

It wasn't just CM, either. Various US forensics shows started dealing in depravity that Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple never encountered. Or shows got long in the tooth when they should have packed it in while they were still at the top of their game. And -- I started watching Kdramas in 2013 and got hooked on sageuks, and later started checking out my favorite actors in contemporary dramas.

I'm interested to see the Korean take on the show. I don't think it will be all gunfights, either. I'm anticipating a goodly amount of martial arts minus hanbok and sword from a certain magistrate. ;-)

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A bit depressing, but the original is great and every episode is enjoyable, even though it can get repetitive- I mean how diverse are serial killers. It's intelligent and philosophical, so I hope they know what they're doing. You do have to be in the mood for it.
The cast is top notch so I'm very much excited to finally see a glimpse.

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I'm very happy with the casting of Sohn Hyun-joo. Jason Gideon's character was one of my favorite from Season 1. I was disappointed when Mandy Patinkin left the show.
Beside Criminal Minds who could ever forget Inigo Montoya and his famous line from Princess Bride "You killed my father. Prepare to die."

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I seriously kept on praying and hoping he comes back up to season 10 ... When I almost became a serial killer myself ... Dear PD I would have preferred you left it an open ended thing ....

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He left and never look back :(.

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I second you on Sohn Hyun-joo. He made an impression on me as Andrea's uncle in LOVE LETTER. Other than that, I've seen him in a couple of drama specials some months back: SPECIAL CRIME SQUAD MSS and TRUE STEEL, both with Oh Man-seok.

After reading the following interview with Mandy Patinkin, I can understand why he had to leave CRIMINAL MINDS.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/magazine/mandy-patinkin-i-behaved-abominably.html

His Inigo Montoya is truly memorable. I loved his turn as chief reaper Rube in DEAD LIKE ME. ;-)

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@PakalanaPikake
Thank you for the article :). I guess he had a good reason for leaving.
I haven't seen DEAD LIKE ME but since you mentioned it I will check it out.

I love Sohn Hyun-joo both in dramas and in films. Favorite drama: "The Chaser" with Kim Sang-joong.
I haven't seen much of his earlier work but he seems to be busier now than ever.
Oh man-seok is so underrated. I hope he'd do more full sageuk. He is one of my favorite 40s.

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Is this show going to be seasonal (like the US version) or will it follow the traditional K-drama standard of a set amount of episodes?

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This has a set number of episodes. I'm sure everything depends on the ratings, but I thought at one time they wanted a concept where they could switch actors in and out of the same franchise. Pretty much that's what has happened on the US version to a certain extent. It will depend on quality, timing and luck I'm sure.

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Thanks :)

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YESS omg the casting how much more perfect can it be? Solve those crimes you beautiful, talented people you! ?????

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Time to start the American version before this comes out

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May the force be with you ....
(12 seasons)
ps: do not be surprise if you become paranoid and/or start amateur profiling ...

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LOL I was just gonna say, that's a LOT of episodes.

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I'll watch Moon Chae-won in anything!

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I was a big fan of the original until Shemar and Thomas left, so I am hoping the Kdrama does it justice

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For the sake of Lee joongi , I hope this drama will be a big hit!????

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We can trust Lee Jun-ki Oppa... He never fail to deliver.. Let's go for 50 episodes LOL

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It looks like he gained some weight back from getting rail thin for Scarlet Heart, which makes me very happy. Oh I am ready.

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July!!! Bring it on!! I can't wait for this since I love the original series and very curious how this remake would be interpreted. Also wondering who is playing who in this Korean production. No doubt Joon Gi is gonna slay and I like the rest of the cast as well. ?

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Finally a modern drama for Lee Jun Ki, been waiting for seeing him sans eye liner for such long time.

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I've been wanting to see Moon Chae-won in another great drama for a long time since I wasn't a fan of her previous two. Goodbye Mr. Black was terrible due to writing, and Good Doctor had serious ethical issues with the romance.

She's such a great actor that I really want to see her shine in another great drama that doesn't involve either poor writing or an icky romance. It's been a while since Lee Jun-ki has been in a modern setting too, so that's another big positive. I loved Two Weeks. I certainly would welcome a romance between the two. I'd actually feel it was a missed opportunity if there wasn't one.

My most anticipated drama at the moment. I hope it delivers.

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so lee jun ki... 'nough said. I've watched everything he's in even joseon gunman which took me forever and a day to finish because I liked the pretty but couldn't keep my attention on the plot. Scarlet Heart was a hot mess but certainly made me wait for each week on pins and needles. I still say we got gypped at the end. LJK should have appeared in modern times >_<

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Yes yes yes.. LJG is coming.

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Haha I thought the photo of Lee Junki was a still of Two Weeks too! :)

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YES! YES! YES! YES!

Sooooo excited!!

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Oppa's back and he's gonna kick ass!

I'm just oh so excited to see Lee Jun-ki be a badass and wear modern clothing. It's been too long.

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I'm a huge fan of Criminal Minds like it's one of the two shows from US that I am following. But is it really just a remake not a fresh Korean unit? I mean, it wouldn't be bad to have the cross over of the original Criminal Minds cast plus the Criminal Minds Beyond Border casts (so that I can see Daniel Henney again in Korean scene) and the Korean casts?

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So excited for this! Lee Joon Gi ?????

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I LIKE IT.

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Oppa, Fighting.

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I'm excited for Moon Chae Won! and Lee Jun Ki too and everyone!

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