Will Hello Monster finally find its profiler hero in Seo In-gook?
Why can’t a drama hang on to a leading actor these days? Between Hello Monster and Scholar Who Walks the Night (and a half-dozen other spring/summer dramas), I can hardly keep a drama cast straight anymore because it’ll just change on me tomorrow. The last we heard, KBS’s new crime-thriller-meets-rom-com Hello Monster was courting Lee Sang-yoon (Liar Game) to play its lead profiler character, after Lee Jin-wook turned down the role; now Seo In-gook (King’s Face) is the newest name up for consideration. I love them all, but they’re giving me casting whiplash.
There are mixed reports about whether Seo In-gook is confirmed or just considering, but it’s starting to look final (for realsies this time?) because co-stars Jang Nara (Mr. Back), Lee Chun-hee (Dating Agency Cyrano), and Choi Won-young (Kill Me, Heal Me) have confirmed.
The drama is said to be a romantic comedy set in a crime thriller world, in which most of our main characters are detectives on a special task force together. Seo In-gook is up to play an elite profiler who was a consultant for the NYPD and returns to Korea to put his sharp observation skills to use on the task force. He’s described as a charismatic man who doesn’t care what other people think of him, but he’s also a solitary and dangerous person.
Jang Nara will play the heroine who stalks him, has to work with him on the task force, fights with him, and falls for him, not necessarily in that order. She’s a first-rate officer who graduated at the top of her class, and has a hidden agenda for transferring to the new department. When she’s out of uniform, no one would guess that she’s a cop, to which I’d say, DUH. Lee Chun-hee plays their team leader, and Choi Won-young is a forensic examiner and professor who acts as a consultant to the team.
I’m actually a little bummed about Lee Sang-yoon not headlining this drama, since I want him to stick to cold thriller hero types forever now. But if it’s being promoted as a rom-com, maybe it’s more comedy and less crime procedural, in which case I can see Seo In-gook and Jang Nara being really funny and cute together. After sorting out all that stalking business, that is. And on the upside, this frees up Lee Sang-yoon to do Liar Game Season 2. Right, tvN? Riiiight?
Hello Monster follows Who Are You–School 2015 on Mondays and Tuesdays in June.
Via IS Plus
- Lee Sang-yoon offered profiler lead in Hello Monster
- Park Bo-gum in talks to join Hello Monster
- Lee Jin-wook says no to Hello Monster, maybe to In Time With You remake
- Lee Chun-hee in consideration for romance thriller Hello Monster
- Jang Nara considers Hello Monster opposite Lee Jin-wook
- Lee Jin-wook eyes return to broadcast TV with Hello Monster
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