Jang Nara considers Hello Monster opposite Lee Jin-wook
I don’t know about you guys, but I like this week in dramaland news. Some of my favorite actresses are lining up new projects left and right, and suddenly the rest of 2015 is looking a little brighter. If all goes well, Jang Nara (Mr. Back, Fated To Love You) might be headlining the new KBS drama Hello Monster this summer, and if this first round of casting news sticks, she’ll be starring opposite Lee Jin-wook (Three Musketeers, Nine). That’s a pairing I could get used to.
Hello Monster is the new KBS series from the writer of Protect the Boss and All About My Romance and the PD of God of the Office. It’s a romance thriller, which sounds weird, but I guess a story about people solving crimes and falling in love while they do it is basically a romantic thriller.
Lee Jin-wook has been cast as a criminal profiler who keeps to himself and uses his sharp eye to analyze crime scenes. He was once a police consultant in New York, and eventually heads up a criminal investigations team in Korea. The thing I can’t quite figure out is that the drama is said to be about a dangerous man and the woman who stalks him, and the two of them falling in love as they solve a crime. Maybe Lee Jin-wook is a dangerous rogue profiler?
Even funnier is the fact that Jang Nara is being courted to play a cop, which TOTALLY changes that whole “she stalks him” business, if yunno, she’s a cop! Kind of an important distinction, no? Still, the wording makes me wonder if she’s a cop who also stalks her crush, or if she’s just suspicious and not stalking, so much as investigating enthusiastically. She’s a member of the special criminal investigations team, where she’ll be forced to work with Lee Jin-wook while constantly bickering.
While the story details confuse me, I like the idea of the pairing, and seeing Jang Nara in a role outside her usual cute safe zone. It’ll admittedly take some getting used to, believing that she’s a badass cop, but I’d love it if she could pull it off.
Hello Monster was originally looking at the post-Blood slot on KBS Monday-Tuesday, but School 2015 has been scheduled there instead, and Hello Monster will follow it in June.
Via My Daily
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