Park Shi-hoo to make drama comeback in OCN’s Neighborhood Hero
Park Shi-hoo (Alice in Cheongdam-dong) has been cast as the leading man in the latest project from PD Kwak Jung-hwan, of Chuno, Conspiracy in the Court, Runaway Plan B, and Basketball. The spy action drama, called Neighborhood Hero, is being planned for a 2016 broadcast on cable network OCN and Park Shi-hoo has confirmed that he’ll be headlining. It’ll have been three years since his last drama, most of which Park spent out of the limelight following a rape accusation and ensuing media tumult. He has since returned to acting in the movie After Love opposite Yoon Eun-hye, which has been shot but not yet released.
Neighborhood Hero is about a former black-ops agent who lives quietly in a small neighborhood and runs a local bar, who ends up fighting evildoers and becoming the town’s hero. Park Shi-hoo has been cast to play the highly skilled ex-spy, who now runs a bar literally named Neighborhood Bar. He keeps his past hidden, of course, and while serving up drinks to everyone who comes by, he naturally comes to know the ins and outs of his neighbors’ lives and becomes part of their family.
He also takes someone under his wing — a young man who dreams of becoming a police officer — and trains him to be an agent like himself. Together they’ll fight the evil that the town faces, and become neighborhood heroes. They don’t say what this evil entails, so we could be looking at anything from gangster loan sharks, to foreign spies, to the zombie apocalypse (okay, probably not that).
The series, though driven by spy action, promises to really be about family, neighbors, and frank everyday life. It’s sure to be compared to Covertly, Grandly, which had a similar blockbuster-action-meets-small-town-family premise, and was really heartwarming when the neighbors became a makeshift family.
Neighborhood Hero is being planned for 20 episodes, to be broadcast in 2016.
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