Kim Rae-won courted to headline legal thriller Punch
There was some kind of backstage drama going on at SBS over the last day, because stories started to come out that its December Monday-Tuesday drama Punch was going to be replaced by a different series altogether. One mad scramble (and who knows what Anthony-esque string-pulling stunt) later, Punch is now back on the winter drama schedule and casting is back in motion. An offer is out to Kim Rae-won to star, which would mark his first small-screen role in three years since his army comeback drama Thousand Day Promise.
Punch is the highly anticipated third outing from writer Park Kyung-soo, of The Chaser and Empire of Gold. This time he’s pairing up with Fashion King PD Lee Myung-woo, which is frankly a little worrisome. Jo Jae-hyun (Jung Do-jeon) was the first name attached to the project, and has since confirmed, and veteran actress Choi Myung-gil (older Mi-rae in Mi-rae’s Choice) has also signed on.
This writer’s dramas are all about corruption and money and power, and this one will be no different — Punch is set in the legal world, where prosecutors at the supreme court are up to their eyeballs in dirty money and power plays. The worst of them will be Jo Jae-hyun, the the public prosecutor general who hides his corruption under the face of a genial down-home good ol’ boy.
If Kim Rae-won signs on, he’ll play the hero, a section chief investigative prosecutor who finds out that he has six months left to live because of a terminal illness. I almost want to stop him from taking anything that sounds even remotely depressing after Thousand Day Promise (possibly the most depressing drama ever), but in Punch he’d play a man who decides to take the whole house of corruption down with him when he goes, which will probably be a really good dramatic role for him. Kim is currently shooting his gangster movie Gangnam 1970 with Lee Min-ho, which has pushed its release date to January.
Punch follows Secret Door and premieres December 15.
Via TV Report
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