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JTBC adaptation of upbeat legal drama courts Infinite’s L to star

JTBC is in talks to schedule a new legal drama titled Miss Hammurabi, an adaptation based on a novel of the same name, and has an extended an offer to Infinite’s L (Ruler–Master of the Mask) to play a leading role. It’s described as a lively and upbeat story, and centers around the main character of Park Chaoreum, a female rookie judge who likes to wear miniskirts and kill heels and is full of passion and enthusiasm for her work.

The role L has been offered is that of Im Ba-reun, a principled judge. I’m sure the casting has to make sense within the context of the show, but my first reaction to hearing that baby-faced L will play a judge is incredulity, though I suppose he did just get through with playing a (fake) king in Ruler, so maybe age is just a number. I did think L showed improved acting in Ruler, though I would classify it as “better, still not quite good,” which gives me some pause to hear this news. On the upside, I feel like the character description falls within his acting wheelhouse (detached, cool), so maybe it will work out.

The character graduated from an elite law school and is an individualist who chose the law in order to live a life without having to kowtow to others. Despite being among the creme de la creme, he’s uninterested in a path of material success and rather apathetic in everything, preferring to be by himself most of the time. He considers the engagement of his personal sympathies or making exceptions based on good will to be abuses of the court’s power, although I’m wondering if those are just excuses for him to keep apart from the world.

Miss Hammurabi is also described as aiming to be a “legal Misaeng,” which conjures up images of downtrodden rookies finding small victories in the workplace (although I’d argue that invoking the Misaeng comparison also implies narrative excellence, and that remains to be seen!). Moreover, it intends to focus more on the people’s stories than the cases, which is something I can appreciate (I have limited patience for strict procedurals, where it’s just case after case every episode).

I do have to pause a little at the director, though: It’s PD Kwak Jung-hwan, who I have come to think of as that talented director who ruins his shows with excess because he just doesn’t know when to quit. See: Chuno, Runaway Plan B, Basketball, The K2. The project marks a move away from tvN to JTBC for Kwak, and also a move away from flashy, special-effects-laden action dramas that make no sense. At least, I hope this marks a move away from dramas that make no sense, since I’ll probably get stuck watching it, against my best intentions, for reasons I can’t understand. As I do.

Miss Hammurabi is in talks for an early 2018 broadcast on JTBC.

Via News1, TV Daily

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"I feel like the character description falls within his acting wheelhouse (detached, cool)..."

So, like, not acting?

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*snorts*
So basically, he just has to be L? ;P

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But he was super adorable in Sly and Single Again as Joo Sang-wook's puppy personal secretary. I don't know why they're trying to stick him in this "detached, cool" image. Also, isn't Myungsoo much older than he looks? Being baby-faced is both a blessing and a curse, they end up not being taken seriously.

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yeah, myungsoo is 25 I believe.

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it's good thing for idols but bad for actors

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"No acting then" is exactly what I thought of when I read that, LOL
Plus this guy's voice is so annoying. Pass.

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Sounds nice though I'm not eager as well about the Misaeng comparison. Also the female judge mention sounds like prosecutor princess type of character, so will she be the opposite to L's character?

And I have yet to see L's acting so not really that hyped. 😑😕

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L sucks at acting, is really hard to find good actors for dramas??? Korea need to learn from JDramas a lot.

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Dramaland is not lacking in good actors. Popularity often takes priority over talents.

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Sigh... when will they finally learn, that he really is just a pretty face?
I like Infinite, but L is not made for acting. He lacks natural talent, so he can't ever get rid of the stiltedness in his acting, that self-consciousness that distracted the audience from getting into his character.

Even the investors and big bosses of drama production company should know better than putting so much faith in him to carry a show when he hasn't proven himself to be capable in many of his past works so far, and there are so many other actors to choose from!

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Am I the only one who enjoy L's acting? I've only seen him twice, in Shut Up Flower Boyband and Ruler, and I never felt that his acting was bad. I usually agree when people dislike someone's acting, but not in his case. It's not because of his face, I just purely don't find anything wrong. He's not the best, but he's not THAT bad to me.

The synopsis and the PD turn me off, though. So I guess I'll watch this only if it creates enough buzz.

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I agree, I feel like I think L is better at acting than people give him credit for. He's not the best, but he's definitely cannot emote-level awful.

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I like L's acting too

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Am I the only one who enjoy L's acting? I've only seen him twice, in Shut Up Flower Boyband and Ruler, and I never felt that his acting was bad. I usually agree when people dislike someone's acting, but not in this case. It's not because of his face, I just purely don't find anything wrong. He's not the best, but he's not THAT bad to me.

The synopsis and the PD turn me off, though. So I guess I'll watch this only if it creates enough buzz.

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He's not horrible but that doesn't mean he can handle a lead role.

I think it's weird when people are like "well he/she is not THAT bad of an actor" but maybe people don't want to see "that bad" acting but actually good acting?

Anyway, if the role plays to his strengths and weaknesses as an actor and the writer/director have him in mind based on his past performances, maybe the role will actually work for him. It's sad that an a talented up and coming rookie or a good actor that is known but just needs a chance at a lead role isn't given a chance but what's new in kdrama land.

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I didn't like his acting in ruler, he looked like he was stressed out and uncomfortable like he was forcing himself to be that character, it wasn't natural.

I also think that he's babyfaced for that role, I know in real life there's babyfaced people who looks younger than their actual age, but they don't have a choice, in dramaland they always has a choice to cast an actor who matches the character, and it's not like his acting is so amazing that they can overlook that, "just my opinion".

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Is this the new trend? Judges?

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Yeah... 20 something judges.

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They can just reunite him with Yoon So-hee, Krystal or pair him with Jin Se-yeon and see their acting (in this group Yoon So-hee probably slightly better). He was terrible in Ruler. I thought he was improved (yes not good) in the beginning, but no. Writing was sucks, I admit. But despite of that, a good or decent actor can still act. OK maybe because it was sageuk, and this genre not for everyone could be a good excuse. I love his face, but if he wants to pursue acting, better do supporting /secondary leads for now.

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Lol, if he accepted the role (i think he probably will), i will be thankful if they cast one of those actresses, so I wouldn't force myself to sit and watch him (like ruler) if they casted one of the good actresses.

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If they cast him and Yoon So-hee together, then I'm definitely watching. I loved them so much in their web drama The Day After We Broke Up. They have a really good chemistry and they work very well together. I've never seen Jin Se-yeon in anything, so I don't know about her.

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Oh this, I haven't watched ruler since that trash of the show doesn't deserve any mention but I have seen Yeon so hee and L in that web drama, and these two looks so good together! About acting, it's true that his acting is nothing to write home about but I liked his bitter musician role in the web drama, maybe on a good show, he will have his chance to shine.
But having said that, I do agree that actors, [not idols] deserve more breaks. Like if not for Onew's scandals, we would have never seen that new guy who played eun's nerdy boyfriend, and he was so good! He acted so naturally and it was like the role was tailor-made for him. While even from the stills I could say onew was channeling an autistic persona, but the guy wasn't autistic per se, so dare I say he was overdoing it. This is just my opinion, but actors have much more to give in terms of expressions, depth, and details. Only a few names which come to mind who suit this category are Kim sun ho from strong delivery man or Lee Min Ki's friend the CEO in BTIMFL, the guy gets little screentime on every episode, but boy he makes me laugh so hard lol. He's even giving expressions when someone else's scene is rolling, so I can't help being impressed by his presence. So yeah less known and underrated actors 'need' to be acknowledged.

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Good point that actual actors (not idols who are just 'ok' at best) deserve more breaks.

Remember L himself got offered the lead role in Solomon's Perjury last year but because he turned it down we got to discover Jang Dong Yoon ..... that's the kind of talent we lose when idols take acting roles they can't do 100 %.

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Same with Sunny turning down "Age of Youth."
Park Eun-bin stepped in and make Song Ji-won a fan favorite.

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@kiara who's Sunny? I know the movie with Kang Sora but no people with that name.

Any way I'm glad Park Eun Bin took that role. I'm not saying all idols are bad, many are even actually good but for those who are not... you can really feel the difference with real actors.

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Sunny from the idol group "Girl’s Generation."

I think she would've been ok with Park Yeon-sun's writing but she wouldn't be as good as Park Eun-bin.

They are not all bad but most of them are not ready for lead roles that are being offered to them.
If they start with small/supporting roles and go from there then no one will be complaining.
I know it's not always their fault. Some agencies treat their idols like cash cows. Ready or not they gotta make money.

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Funny to say that new guy was in p101 s2 - an idol show, he raps :) His roots was actor, he is the son of quite famous actor. His character in p101 is so different from AOY, im very impressed by him. He was voted top 10 visual in p101 (per 101 guys) so dont fool by his glasses :)

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With right roles, they can perform.L's role in Ruler was heavy and he wasn't ready and his skill isn't there yet. That's why I said he should do more supporting roles for now. I remember he was adorable in Cunning Single Lady, and remember him to act slightly better than Seo Kang-joon in that drama.

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he is better stay away from challenging role.

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I find Yoon So Hee good in modern roles like in Let's Eat and that drama she was in the child portion with Lee Won Geun. Very different characters, to the point I could hardly believe it was the same girl.

But her sageuk acting is bad, even then she doesn't deserve to be put together with cardboard and permanent scowl.

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I don't know, I think she was just serviceable in some of her modern roles probably because there were just smaller / supporting roles. That's why I said she is slightly better than the other two.

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Yeah she played a lot of supporting roles, some of them are whatever, like Marriage not Dating, or Secret Door. But I liked her in those two roles I mentioned in my first comment when she was younger. She can have good chemistry with her costars too.

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Hehe, my favourite memory of Yoon So Hee is in her recent cameo in the first few minutes of Because This Life is Our First, episode 1: a hilarious parody of a melo riddled with PPLs.

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LOL I saw it. 😅😂

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I came for comments bashing L's acting and got it, lol, I am a fan of infinite, but Myungsoo have not impressed me with his acting yet, apart from SUFBB where role suited him, but what irks me the most is not even his wooden acting but his voice, it is so nasal, and before it was just his singing voice, but now his talking voice too.

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like are all k-drama writers put out an agreement on somethings before writing their stuff?
at one point, when one drama did time travel, every other drama want to do it too. when one drama got popular for female friendship, then we got to see that in all other drama too. now, i think i read another drama going to put their leading actors in the judge position, and this drama too?
can we get other options?

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K...I'm a fan of L but no. Boy, you know you're not great...why put yourself up for this scrutiny...I mean, maybe take a step back to smaller roles or cuter stuff.

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He is freaking handsome, but his acting really bad. In Ruler I just watch first eps but his acting really overacting. I think he should try supporting role in a weekend drama which very long and can help his acting.

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Ya I didn't think L was necessarily better in Ruler. He went from being bland in other dramas to over-acting. Most of Ruler he spent just yelling. And he seemed to think if he yelled as loud as possible it was good acting. He is definitely not a natural when it comes to acting.

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Lead role? For L? No please. He is sometimes ok in supporting roles where he doesn't have to do that much and costars do all the work but he is definitely not fit for lead roles, his voice really doesn't suit acting.

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This is the year of time travel and legal dramas. I'm ready for a different trend. I like time travel dramas (when done right) but I am getting bored of them, and I've never been the biggest fan of legal dramas. I'm ready for a new trend to start.

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Are you watching Because This Life is Our First? I am also bored of legal and time-travel dramas, so BTLIOF is like a breath of fresh air.

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I'm not currently watching any of the current running dramas. Everything I've been watching are finished dramas or older ones. Like Rescue me, Voice, Romantic Doctor Teach Kim, Duel, etc.. But I have that on my to watch list :) I've been hearing many good things about it.

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I still need to get to RDTK... everyone I know says it's the best medical drama out there... except I usually don't like medical dramas so I've been holding out. :/

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That was exactly me. I am not a fan of medical dramas, unless the medical aspect is only a small part of the overall plot. But I heard many good things so finally decided to give it a try and I am obsessed. I want to hurry and get out of work so I can rush home and watch. Even though it is a heavy medical drama it is mostly about the characters and how they grow and develop as people. As someone who avoids medical dramas like a plague I highly suggest it.

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the plot + L + the Misaeng comparison.... I think I'll passs

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I guess Kwak Jung-hwan might be moving away from action, but he's still sticking to something he knows: working with bad actors.

I mean, on the one hand, yay, Kwak Jung-hwan escaped tvN for the comparative creative oasis of jTBC. On the other hand...he's using his newfound freedom to make a legal drama called Ms. Hammurabi. idk, idk. Could be wrong, but I don't think this is going to be the same career renaissance other greats achieved on this channel, such as Ahn Pan-seok's A Wife's Credentials, Jung Ha-yeon's Queen Insoo, Park Yeon-seon's Age of Youth 1 & 2, even Kim Woon-kyung's Yoona's Street. We'll see.

tl;dr: Would it kill KJH to make a sageuk!?!?

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This dude cannot act. He should be a minor supporting role at best.

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CHUNO made no sense?? You mean it's not in your top ten HOT dramas?
This casting, however, excuse my rudeness, makes zero sense. NAUGHT.

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He's cute and all, but his acting annoys me.

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