Jin Gu offered lead in SBS reality-show thriller Wanted
Phew, casting is in full swing on Wanted, SBS’s newly announced thriller series, which is promising to hear given that it hasn’t had a lot of lead time: It was only given the official green light earlier this week for a mid-June premiere (replacing the previously scheduled Deal).
Wanted (which has dropped The Reality Show from its title) centers around a top film actress whose son is kidnapped, who is forced to carry out missions on live television per the culprit’s orders in hopes of getting him back. I’m excited to hear that Jin Gu (Descended From the Sun) is now in the mix to play a main character, joining Kim Hyun-joo (I Have a Lover) as a potential lead.
Jin Gu’s would-be character is a detective in the violent crimes unit who throws himself heart and soul into his cases and boasts a 90 percent arrest rate. He takes on a near obsession in this case with his determination to save the victim, and single-minded passion is something I could definitely see in Jin Gu. Before we get too excited, though: Both stars have confirmed receiving offers, but in response to an early report that Jin Gu had agreed to the show, his reps made it clear that Wanted was one of several projects he is looking at. They added that “it might be difficult” to take on the drama due to his shooting schedule on the film One Line, which wraps in June.
Even if he passes on the drama, I’m glad to see that his successful turn playing a stoic (and drily funny) soldier and best buddy in Descended From the Sun has given his career a newfound boost; he’s always been a solid actor, but hasn’t quite managed to break through to leading man status. (See: All In, Spotlight, Swallow the Sun, Falling For Innocence. He did score the title role in Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek, but that drama performed poorly and didn’t do a lot for him.)
But we can still hope he’ll sign on, right? After all: heart-pounding setup with tension-inducing ticking clock, awesome and charismatic leading lady in (we hope) Kim Hyun-joo, badass detective with a blazing sense of duty. What’s not to like?
Wanted will follow Entertainer as SBS’s next Wednesday-Thursday drama, and kicks off on June 15.
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