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Kang Haneul backs out of Bad Guys spinoff

Uh-oh, this doesn’t look good. Following Uhm Tae-gu’s (Maids) dropout of Bad Guys: City of Evil due to an injury, Kang Haneul has also announced that he will be quitting the project. Unfortunately, scheduling around the actor’s impending military service enlistment date proved to be impossible.

The drama is a spinoff of the highly successful Bad Guys that is supposed to show the unlikely partnership between amoral prosecutors and hardened criminals. Kang Haneul had been planning to play a third-year prosecutor from Seoul who is sent down to a provincial office after a traumatic event in which he witnesses his mentor being killed. The production team is currently frantically trying to find a replacement actor because the character is integral to the overall story line.

Meanwhile, Uhm Tae-gu was recently replaced by Ji-soo (Strong Woman Do Bong-soon) in the role of an innocent man who was framed by the mob and transforms completely as a result. Even without Kang, the casting lineup is solid with Ji-soo and veterans like Park Joong-hoon (My Dear Desperado) and Joo Jin-mo (Woman With a Suitcase) onboard. But I’m not going to lie, a huge part of why I had faith in this spinoff project was Kang Haneul, an actor who I believe could deliver a performance on par in caliber with Park Hae-jin’s portrayal of an amnesiac psychopath in the original series.

It does make me worry a little that these successive actor dropouts are happening so late in the game. But on the bright side, it opens discussion up for more fantasy castings. Maybe someone should tell them that Park Seo-joon (Fight My Way) and Ryu Joon-yeol (Lucky Romance) are free right now…

OCN’s Bad Guys: City of Evil is slated to premiere this November.

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Bogummy could do it.

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Hes having a clean image now so i dont think he will go with villians character again, may be in movie or few projects later

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Bogummy can do anything. <3

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PBG is even more amazing when he goes dark, you can see some glimpse of it in Moonlight and lots of them in I Remember You.

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In the beginning of Moonlight I was quite confused whether the prince is just sneaky or full psycho mode

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oh no!! i was really looking forward to seeing him!! shoot, i hope no one else decides to leave... i'm curious to see who's gonna take his place tho

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His leaving the project is unfortunate news. However, national duty calls so the situation is understandable.

tineybeanie's suggestions of Park Seo-joon or Ryu Joon-ryeol as cast possibilities could certainly work.

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Does this mean we wont get to see him until he comes back from the military? NOOOOOOO!!!! Don't do this to me!

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He will leave us with his bromance with Park Seo Joon in Midnight Runner. But only around 1 hour ++ ?

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Oh wow, I really hope there aren't any more drop outs. As for the suggestion of Park Seo Joon being considered I'm all for it on the basis that I just love PSJ and think he's a good actor. That being said though, I haven't seen him in anything dark before so I have no judgment if he'd be able to do a drama like Bad Guys justice.

I just googled Ryu Joon Yeol and his face! He definitely has the Bad Guys type of face (this is a compliment, not an insult I promise!). There's an edginess to his features and in his eyes in the pics I saw that would definitely, at the least, fit the aesthetics of the show.

Regardless, I just want my baddies :).

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Yeah, @tineybeanie's suggestions are both excellent. I'd love to see Park Seo-joon take on a darker role, but Ryu Joon-yeol just has that perfect face for this show, too. Oh, and talent, of course.

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I just thought of another actor, is Lee Minki currently available?? I'd love to see his face in Bad Guys. Or, Kim Jae Wook :o !!

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Am so ready to back out without KHN but if Lee Min Ki or Park Seo Joon is in then I'm def tuning it even though I haven't watched the first season!

It'll be interesting to see PSJ takes on the role because he always plays the nice guy type.

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I don't know what I'd do with myself if Lee Min Ki signed on. I'd probably cry a little because of how happy that would make me.

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Eeeep!!I wish dramagods hear this!!!!
I can already picture Lee min-ki oppa being badass...that he is..

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Ryu Joonyeol was amazing in The King as a gangster, so I've no doubt he could pull off a role like this well. If he'd get offered it or would take it is another story, sadly!

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oh yeah i want him Ryu Jun Yeol
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what a perfect idea ??? i love him in the king ??

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?☹️?????

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Lol, the reaction is in stages!

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I feel bad that KHN had to dropout. I really wanted to see him in this drama. But alas. Hopefully the production will find a replacement in time and who will be perfect for the role.

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I'm sad that Haneul won't be able to be in the series, but I love the idea of with Park Seo Joon and Ryu Joon Yeol. Mainly Ryu Joon Yeol because I miss him and need him in another drama right now.

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YES PLEASE

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Omo, WAE!?! *goes back to actually read the article*

Yikes! Aw man, I would've loved to see Kang Haneul in this! ANOTHER one that got away~ sadness.

Welp, since @tineybeanie mentioned it, I wouldn't mind either Park Seo-joon or Ryu Joon-yeol to be part of this. Nope. No problem w/ that. Ha, I bounce back fast. Can't help it, so many talented and charming oppas!

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I love your attitude

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ryu joon yeol woul dbe perfect. i really liked his role in KING.

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I am disappointed but duty calls. Wishing Kang Hanuel the best as he serves his military duty.

The first actors that popped into my mind were Joo Ji-hoon (Mask) and Kim Jae-wook (Voice). But after watching Dong Ha as Jung Hyun-soo in Suspicious Partner, I would love to see him cast in this part.

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Yes for Dong Ha!

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I was wondering how it was possible given his enlistment date, so this isn't surprising.

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But Kang Ha-neul is a 90-er! Is he really enlisting this early? Both Ji Chang-wook and Kim Soo-hyun haven't and they are at least 2 years older.

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JCW is enlisting this year though.

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KSH is also enlisting this year.

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JCW is 3 years older, KSH 2 years older, but they're all enlisting this year, which is quite... unusual I would say.

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I am thinking of Lee Won Geun but I heard he also had another drama coming up

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Man, what a bummer. Really wanted to see Kang Haneul in a new, strong role.

Wouldn’t mind seeing Park Seo Joon on my screen again though. He excels in rom-coms so I would like to see him branch out and tackle a serious role in a dark drama.

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I wasn't overly thrilled by the last cast announcement but, still, a good base there. Which seems to be falling away a bit. Still no news on Park Sung-woong?

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I am not family with Kang Haneul, but what about Park Hyungsik? Is he available? He would be perfect! And yes, is Park Sung Woong still attached to the project? I would love to see him again! He was so good in Man x Man! I need to watch the first Bad Guy...on my list!

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I just realized if they get Park Hyungsik, it would be a reunion with Jisoo!

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As much as I love adorable Hyung Sik, I can't yet imagine him playing this kind of role.. I think his face is too soft, gentle, and pretty for this role.

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Agreed, Hyung Sik looks too sweet.

I would like Ji Soo with someone like Kang Haneul or Lee Ji Hoon (School 2013, TLOTBS), someone who could be anyone of a number of things including a mean streak!!! Love ehm all tho' as long as they are not enlisting midway of the series broadcast, even if they have wrapped up their particular scenes.

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how come every actor is going to the military this year itself.. except for the ones who were forced to return on account of health issues.. and one sweetheart who is in hospital... that just leave two guys in the scene.. LJS and Bogumy ( remainign ones, one is getting married, one has vowed to never do romance if not saguek, one won't come back to dramaland after the last failure against kill me heal me, .. that's it.. no other actor left i guess)

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out of scope:32/34+ actors

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Lee jun ki :) and hyun bin

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LOL. You are funny. And now I am complaining that my sageuk king and queen being united in modern world to hunt psychopaths instead of romancing each other in Goryeo. Sigh!

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LOL there are tons of other talented actors that can fill their shoes. The ones who go to army will be missed for 2 years, but blessing in disguise for me, we can see different faces. It will be a long list if I have to write all names ?

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Wow, its like you're just up-to-date on all the dramaland bad news, which is kind of hilarious in a morbid way!

*scuttles away after getting strange looks*

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The Lord giveth and taketh away.

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When they announced Ji Soo was cast to replace someone who had to drop out, I immediately thought it was Kang Ha Neul. But it wasn't. A few days later, my premonition comes true. Yikes.

I imagine it's a mad scramble right now to find someone who can do the role justice. Plenty of talented actors around who could use a devious character to flex their acting muscles and/or potentially get their big break, so I hope they choose wisely. Park Jung Min does these kind of roles like a boss, but I think he's busy in movieland.

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Park Jung Min might be busy ?

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NOOOOOOOOOOO
please don't let this

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Park Seo Joon should take a rest. Another byh48 member Ryu Joon Yeol is a good idea. ?

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I knew this would happen ? I'd been praying for this production to be completed before his enlistment, I guess it's just not possible. Hmmm

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I'm sad Kang Haneul dropped out, but I hope his military service goes well. I would love it if Park Seo-joon were to be cast. I loved him in Fight My Way. I'd like to see him in a darker role after that fun, light one. Here's hoping! *Crosses fingers!*

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I'm thinking Sung Hoon (My Secret Romance) could do the job. Or why not Jo In Sung?!

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I'd be so disappointed if they replace someone with KHN's talent and charisma with Sung Hoon, he's so pretty but i cringe watching him even in romcoms.

Jo In Sung would be too big of a name (and budget perhaps).

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Haha Sung Hoon is hot but his acting made me cringe ? Unless he can prove that he can do different role, better stay as romantic hero for now.

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Noooooooooooooo.

Oh well, it was probably too scary for me anyway.

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I might want Kim Young-Kwang to sign up for this.

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I would love him to too! In anything really! But I think he is considering the movie with Park Bo Young...hmm...Park Bo Young or Bad Guys 2? Could he just do both?! More Kim Young Kwang please!

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Yes, more Kim Young Kwang please

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How about Lee Joon?

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isn't he busy with father is strange?

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I hope he drops that drama

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Park Hyung Sik for the role.
Ya, my boy is such an adorable puppy but try watch him in "Sirius" and you can tell he definitely could pull off that role.

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But he only plays the younger twins, but he was sooo good! Quiet as Shinhwa and confident and strong as Eunchang. But the younger twins were tooooo adorable!!! The guy who plays the older twins was really good as Shinhwa, so confident - and quite a change from being quiet as a teen, and still kept that adorableness of Park Hyung Sik as a older but now nervously, mumbling Eunchang, again where younger Eunchang used to have confidence and strength.

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Yeahh. The older twins played by Seo Jun Young while for the younger by Park Hyung Sik. They really nailed the roles of Eunchang and Shinhwa. Now I need to rewatch Sirius!

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Here, here. For a while there, I was impressed by the great make up and aging technique used to get the "twins" in the older roles. But then I realized it is Seo Jun Young, who's only like 4 years older than adorable Park Hyung Sik. But since Shinhwa was like the head of narcotics I am guessing Seo Jun Young was playing a role about 10 years older.

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Bring back park hae jin, pronto!!

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I want Yoon Doo Joon <3
or Choi Jin Hyuk

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instead of Yoon Doo Joon, how about Lee Gi Kwang? I prefer Doo Joon for rom-com

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I'm convinced by GiKwang since Circle, so, yes from me.

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When I read the article about his enlistment date yesterday, I'm so devastated.

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At this rate, any actor with decent acting talent will be just fine for me

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Andwae!!

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Hyun Bin, please. He'd do a phenomenal job, and I'd get to see (read: drool over) him on my screen again! ^^

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Ji Soo, I found him to be absolutely one note and stiff in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon and Scarlet Heart. Although he was fared better in Fantastic and Page Turner. And he has a completely different aura compared to Uhm Tae Gu so what is going on with the casting to be honest. Somebody said Joo Ji Hoon, I agree on him. Get him on board.

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I honestly just want to see Ji Soo in an action drama thats fine. I was actually hoping for something like a drama just based on physical fights, like mixed martial arts!!! But that is not going to happen anytime soon as we would like to see each actor under 30 and has not served in the military yet, see them going off in one piece.

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Ji Soo is, in my opinion, one of the worst actors I've watched. Mind you, I've watched quite a couple of bad actors. I thought him replacing UTG didn't make any sense too.

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How about Seo Jun Young? This guy is so underrated.

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Yesssss! He is very good actor yet so underrated *cries.

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He's talented and good looking (bonus point). He just needs a little bit of luck I guess!

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Same Seo Jun Young from Sirius?, yeah he is good and underrated!!! Has served military? Has not? Is going to be available until after
Bad Guys 2 wraps up lets hope!

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SJY is my biggest crush ever

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Dong Ha! I will cry with him even though he kills all the worst guys in this drama.

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Ryu Jun Yeol please!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Although I think he's busy filming for that 70's era movie he has with Song Kang Ho

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Why am I so sad reading this news? As if I lost something precious. Twice. :'(

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Oh why?? I was really looking forward to his last pre army project! On the other hand, I'm glad that he's viewing his acting career in the long haul and not sacrificing his army duties to do another project- a move that ended up compromising some of his colleagues. There'll be plenty of opportunities to do other dramas when his military service is over.

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It would be great if Lee Je-hoon can join the squad.

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Which one Lee Je-hoon from Signal or Lee Ji Hoon from Legendary Shuttle, School 2013, TLOTBS?

I think either would do a good job though or is there another one? Hehe, I also like Seo Ji Hoon but he looks too young still, to play was it a 3rd year?

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Signal's Lee Je-hoon.. I feel like he's suitable for the role.. lol

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At par with Park Hae Jin? Lol

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Gosh, I was so looking forward to it. Maybe Lee Min Ki or Ryu Joon yeol he was amazing in The King or Kim Jae Wook !

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I wonder why he has to enlist this early. I mean he's nearing the peak of his career IMO and had the best chances to be a top tier actor soon. Not sure if this is good for his career :/

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Was looking forward to Kang Haneul being in the drama however best of luck in the next drama you decide to do.

With that stated I vote for Kim Young-Kwang to be the one in this due to his great acting in the drama Lookout.

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I'm saddened by this news since I was looking forward to Jisoo and Haneul reuniting in a project. But the whole cast is solid and I hope they find someone good for Haneul's role.

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