SBS courts Jang Geun-seok to be their Operation King
Jang Geun-seok (Jackpot) has had limited activities in Korea in the last few years after his tax evasion scandal, mostly working in Japan where he’s very popular as a Hallyu singer. He did come back to dramaland for last year’s Jackpot, which didn’t hit the jackpot, but now he’s considering an offer from SBS for the lead role in their upcoming drama Operation King.
Operation King is about a scam artist who impersonates a prosecutor. The main character was smart enough to successfully pass the board exams, but due to various circumstances, he had to give up his dreams of becoming a law official. He’s “a fraud who is more like a prosecutor than a real one.” Oooh, this sounds like a Korean version of Suits (but it’s not because a separate remake of that is on the way). Because he’s not legally bound or employed by the government, he’s not tied down by the bureaucratic red tape. So he can investigate whomever he wants to, even if they are powerful politicians who have influence over the prosecution department, and in whatever fashion he wants to.
This drama seems to be combining lots of popular tropes from 2016 and 2017, like a con artist as its main character AND a prosecutor too (Lee Min-ho was similarly a con man posing as a prosecutor at times in Legend of the Blue Sea), and using underhanded methods to catch even worse criminals (Mad Dog, Lookout, Police Unit 38, Bad Guys: City of Evil).
This tough role will definitely be a change from Jang Geun-seok’s pretty flower boy image. I like that he’s branching out and trying new things, but SBS was also the network that produced Jackpot, so there’s that. The PD behind Operation King will be Nam Tae-jin, who produced a 5-episode drama called Part-Time Idol that began streaming on Netflix last November. He’s a relative newbie to the business, and this will be his first time directing a miniseries.
Official scheduling with regard to Operation King has not been released, but since they’re casting now, I’m expecting it sometime early next year.
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