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Jang Hyuk up to chase a serial killer in OCN’s The Voice

You know, as soon as I saw that Jang Hyuk (Beautiful Mind) was up for OCN’s new crime thriller The Voice, I thought it would mean two very big changes for the drama—that it’d switch gears from being female-centric to male-centric, and that Bae Doo-na (Tunnel) would be out. I’m not at all upset about Jang Hyuk headlining a drama; I just don’t think anyone would cast him in a series where he wasn’t the main character. Sadly I was right about Bae Doo-na, because Jang Hyuk’s casting announcement came with the news that she’d quietly turned the project down.

The Voice is OCN’s next original series, about police officers who work at the 112 emergency call center and learn the true meaning of their jobs when they have to chase after a serial killer who begins to kill off their family members in gruesome ways. The series was originally described as a departure from OCN’s usual fare, with a focus on the female police officer at the center of the story. It remains to be seen whether the premise will change with Jang Hyuk’s casting, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. I’m sure Jang Hyuk will be great and perfect for a crime thriller, but I’ll feel let down if the female-centric drama we were promised gets swept under the rug.

Jang Hyuk is being courted to play a former star detective who gets demoted for using excessive force and transferred to a tiny precinct in a remote location. He suffers from tremendous guilt because he was unable to protect his family in an incident, leaving him devastated in the aftermath. It’s only after he joins the 112 emergency call center and faces off with a serial killer that the detective instincts he’d locked away are reawakened.

Directing is PD Kim Do-hyuk of the movie Shin Suk-ki Blues and the tvN body-swap drama I Love Lee Tae-ri, which are both comedies. I wonder how he’ll do with a dark crime thriller, especially one with a serial killer described as leaving behind ghastly crime scenes. Jang Hyuk is positively considering for now, and if he signs on, it’ll be his first-ever cable drama. Funny how a hardened detective with a weighty past seems like a cakewalk for Jang Hyuk. Guess he’s breaking into cable dramas on the right network then.

Casting continues for a new leading actress, and The Voice plans to air in 2017 on OCN.

Via Sports Chosun

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Dr. LEE YOUNG OH!!!!

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I was looking forward to a female- centric thriller. I like Jang Hyuk and I hope he accepts the role but I am still a little disappointment that once again the males are taking over kdramaland. More good and important roles for actresses!!!!!!
But I hope they did not change the synopsis and both leads will be important to the story and both will have well developed characters.

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i feel that they're a lot of female centric dramas right now.

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Yes there are at least some female centric dramas, but not for thriller drama.

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i like thrillers with male leads more, its just better for the action.

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Never watched Girl K?

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@chi Han Groo was awesome. For whoever didnt watch it yet please do so!

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I like it that they're making more and more female centric dramas of different genres. It's a positive change and I really hope women in dramas won't be just love interests anymore.

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Yes I hope there are more female centric dramas and movies.

The audience is largest for male-centric dramas or with balanced male-female parts (like Titanic). The odds are so stacked for female-centric films and dramas that I applaud those whose work is unabashedly so.

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Almost 80% of kdramas are female-centric in nature or female-centric in disguise. 2 episodes in and you come to know that Hero is driving force of the story. Females most important role in kdramas is do aegyo acts or create drama.

FRom title to trailers to Overly starnge and loud female characters. They are mostly use as Marketing. That's one of the reason Candy Girls annoy People.

Show's story is alright and since it is action based Jang Hyuk suits the Hero Position well.

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Why would bae doona turn it down because of jang hyuk? I love him since beautiful mind

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Nobody is saying that Bae Doo-na has turned down the role because of Jang hyuk. Because they offered the role to Jang hyuk and Bae Doona is not in the cards anymore, everyone is thinking that they must changed their mind about a female centric drama. I still hope it is not the case.

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Haha this actually sounds like the mother ship calling it's lost child back into it's folds. Jang Hyuk is perfect for an action/ thriller and OCN is the perfect channel for such shows. But, sigh, I was happy that they might try something female- centric for once. What I wouldn't have given for a kickass female lead. Shouldn't complain though, if this means I get to see Jang Hyuk in action so soon. (Can I start the vote for the female lead- Jang Nara- she was kickass enough in IRY and I want the jjang couple back on my screen)

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lol yes that came to my mind also, another pairing of the Jangs and as you say Jang Nara was certainly kickass in IRY. She would almost if schedule allows her to of course, agree, not only acting again with Jang Hyuk but also a chance to show she can do more than com/rom in Korea. Despite the on going gag she a vampire, she is in her mid 30 and roles in com/rom are not going to last forever the closer she get to 40.

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Oppa!!!!

Oh it's been an awesome few days- first Nam Goong Min and then now Jang Hyuk??

*bows down and fervently thanks the Drama Gods*

And they have their movies (as baddies) coming out soon too! ???

Please accept!

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Oppa will likely to accept, he is very hardworking actor!

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Oh! Why don't they cast them both?:)

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That was what I think about

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I'm not complaining to see Jang Hyuk back to dramaland, thriller with OCN at that. Just never do KBS drama again, oppa. ;)

However I hope there are more female centric drama in dramaland, we got some this year like Doctors (although i'm not really convinced this is actually female centric drama?), Flower In Prison, Woman With A Suitcase, Age of Youth, and Oh Hae Young (to name few, i cannot remember all). Hope to see female centric thriller because it could be different. The Village : Secret of Achiara last year had more potential if it is aired on cable, (I was convinced it was also female centric although sadly Moon Geun Young was underused).

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Actually i'd like it if it were balanced- both male and female leads kick ass and awesome. Can't male and female leads be equally strong without one being obviously better/smarter/resourceful than the other?

I'm trying to think of a drama like that but nothing is coming to mind (maybe Suitcase will be?) Usually the female lead may start out strong and then kind of goes flat... so that is my wish for this drama- that it has equally awesome male and female leads, who can be good at different things and complement one another!

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It will be great if both male and female leads equally kick ass and awesome. Usually what happened is sometimes they gave us strong female lead, but after the female lead fell in love with the hero, she becomes stupid. sigh Cindy & 4K is the best example. It always happen in romcom & romance melodrama.

Some of dramas that I love that both male and female leads are equally awesome from beginning until the end, to name very few - Empire of Gold, I Hear Your Voice, It's Okey It's Love

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yes .... I have the same sentiment. kdrama writer turn strong female lead into crybaby candy once they fall in love with the male lead... sigh.. I hope kdrama make good thriller with woman centric story. or at least equally strong with their male counterpart.. and less loveline please.. more human relationship :)

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I agree! Instead of having a female-centric or male-centric, I prefer to have both. Maybe this show can take a leaf from The Good Wife - both female and male leads were equally strong, and nobody outshone one another. In that case, can they lure Jeon Do Yeon into dramaland again for The Voice?

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I think Signal was pretty balanced like that :)

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Though you must acknowledge that there was an age difference that made the balance between the male and female lead in signal, not the actual sex of the characters.

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"if it were balanced- both male and female leads kick ass and awesome" yes like star world's castle..

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Maybe The King 2 Hearts? I would say all the female characters (Kim Hang Ah, Queen Mama and Princess Jae Shin) in this drama are strong in their own way. The relationship between Jae Ha and Hang Ah are equal and complement to each other using each other strength.

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Remember Signal, the female lead rocked it as did the males, it is all about the writing.

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I hope that they would have sequel 2 of Signal with the same lead cast very soon...the ending of Signal was really ......

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i heard that Doctors was originally WAS a female centric (it won script-writing competition!!)but in order to cast kim rae won, kim rae won ask the scriptwriter to alter the script..man...i wonder how really female centric female gangster hye jung if they dont alter the original script :/

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I don't have a very good impression of Kim Rae won. Seems that he always wanted to be in the limelight for the shows that he is in. Why can't he just give and take? Sigh....

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Can you give the examples?

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*sigh*, I hate it that doctors became so centered around the romance towards the end.
Like don't get me wrong, Hye Jung's and Ji Hong's relationship was pretty nicely written and definitely on the mature side , BUT the drama became just a shippers' feast.. such a waste of potential and talent

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It was good at the beginning, but after episode 6 I gave up watching. I cannot stand with all cheesy romance, although there were still good aspects like medical procedures and humanity.

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The fault in on the production if this is true, because they still wanted Kim Rae Won. They should just casted the second male lead as main male lead so this drama can proceed with the original plan.

If I were Kim Rae Won as well, why should I be in a female centric drama and with the younger actress at that? ;) Of course I want to ask for alteration here and there. Other than that, I don't think the fault is on Kim Rae Won. He requested for changes but the bigger responsibility was on the writer and PD to adjust the script.

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And then there's me, a semi-fan of Doctors who thinks it managed to stay female centric and didn't even veer too far into romance centric. Except for the annoying politics, would have been cooler if LSK could have been the one to solve that.

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true, it wasn't that bad, it still managed to be one of the more female-centric dramas.. it's just that people remember it more for the cheesiness and romance than the bad-assery, smartness and professionalism of the female characters...

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"Jang Hyuk is being courted to play a former star detective who gets demoted for using excessive force and transferred to a tiny precinct in a remote location. He suffers from tremendous guilt because he was unable to protect his family in an incident, leaving him devastated in the aftermath. It’s only after he joins the 112 emergency call center and faces off with a serial killer that the detective instincts he’d locked away are reawakened."

Every other male-centric drama then. Pass.

Pity about Bae Doona.

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Yeah... pity that Bae Doona will not be in this drama.

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It's pretty interesting... how a drama that seems bland when centered around a male character sounds 1000x more appealing when it is female centric.

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Well OCN is a male dominated lead station. It's sad they changed course, but I can't wait for more Jang Hyuk.

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Lol I don't think jang hyuk's offer has anything to do with bae doona turning it down. Firstly she's more in hollywood now, and after doing projects like so many thrillers in that genre where it seems like she has already seen some success I thought it's a given that she won't be much interested in doing such a role in kdrama. Also yes for JH! I would be really happy if he does the role and can forget the bitter experiences that he had to suffer from Beautiful Mind. The story sure sounds interesting and I hope there would still be the bad ass female character in cards.

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I love crime thrillers of such plot and maybe Kim So-yeon or Ha Ji Won could be the female lead, they are so kickass and I love them in action shows...I noticed that normally TVN and OCN (especially the latter) tend to have more "intelligent" shows like crime/thrillers/psychological stuff (outwitting the baddies) and lesser on romance...

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Oh, yeah... I would love to see Kim So yeon in a thriller. She said that she wants the new role to be a strong, an outspoken character and this drama would be perfect.

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Kim So Yeon did a very good job in Iris & Two Weeks, so I think she will do well. I can picture her with Jang Hyuk together.

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I miss Kim So-yeon's character in Iris. Until now, I don't understand why they made an Athena: Goddess of War show that's NOT about her. >__<

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KSY is so underrated :(

Imagine if she was in Athena with Jung Woo Sung and Chajumma in Athena? Sigh.

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Her character from Iris, Kim Sun Hwa, has appeared in Athena and Iris 2 for a cameo. It was too short. I wished they have the gut to make a drama about a badass female character but the problem is to write a good story. If they can`t do it right, it is better for Sun Hwa to be missed.

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the premise of the story sounds like bad guys imho.

and why not have a female lead - make her the killer. that would be a change. especially if she's a messy killer, not someone using poison or the like.

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This is a perfect twist....the lead gal is the killer...haha just like in Hello Monster aka I Remember You, I nearly thought that Lee Hyun was twisted and killed his father or smth like dat...lol....my wild imagination....

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....I hadn't finished watching that drama yet. :(

I know this is an unrelated post to that drama, but in the future could you please refrain from giving such a humongous spoiler in the comments? Or at least write "spoiler"?

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I'm sorry for accidentally spoiling it for you :(

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Happy that Jang Hyuk may be in a cable drama, hope he accepts! Sorry about Bae Doo-na dropping out, it'd have been great to see them together. I actually think Jang Hyuk would have no issues taking the back seat if it does still pan out as a female-centric drama - in fact, it'd be fun to see him in a more beta male role.

Can they cast Park So-dam please? With cherry on top...

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Adding park so dam would be extra cherry on top!

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I was going to suggest another of Jang Hyuk's previous co-star - Jang Nara - I need to see my snail couple again and see Jang Nara taking on a non-candy type of role! But Park So Dam is great too, though I'm not sure if she's willing to go back to dramas so soon.

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That's too bad, was really looking forward to Bae Doona lead a thriller on OCN. Jang Hyuk is great, but it's not like he lacks drama offers where he can shine. SIGH

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Oooooooooh man, I was so excited at the idea of Bae Doona leading this drama. But JH is a really good choice for a lead, hope he accept it.

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So his character is basically Oh Gu Tak in Bad Guys, although it's a fairly familiar setup in general. I hope the drama is good, so I can have the chance to see Jang Hyuk again after he knocked it out of the park in Beautiful Mind. Sad about the change in direction, but maybe it'll work out.

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I am sorry Bae Doona turned this down because I would have liked to see her in a Korean drama. So far I have seen her in Hollywood/Netflix productions and she is awesome! I was blown away by her talent. But at the same time, I am so excited to see Jang Hyuk in another drama, I know he will really do justice to this role. It's a win/win for everyone concerned.

On another note, doesn't this man ever stop working? I swear he works in back to back projects! He's a work horse!

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Bae Doona and Ha Ji Won were both great in As One. They were so badass it made ping pong look extra cool.

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I vote for Ha Ji Won!

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Yippee!!

I loved Kim Hye-Soo's performance in SIGNAL, and would love to see her in action with JH. Seo Hyun-Jin has the chops to pull it off, too (based on her badassery in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK-HYANG).

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Oh yeah I will love anything with Jang Hyuk in it! Furthermore its my favourite genre of thriller! Hope to see many action scenes in this.

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The only thing I have ever seen Jang Hyuk in is the remake of Fated to Love You.
I understand he's probably a good actor, but I didn't exactly enjoy that particular role......
Plus that weird laugh that always creeped me out.

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Please please please watch Beautiful Mind. It's so good. He did a great job.

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He's very solid. Perhaps consider watching Chuno and Beautiful Mind, he knocked it out of the park in those dramas.

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I loved him in Fated to Love You, but I get why some didn't enjoy him in that role. He and his laugh are completely different in his other dramas.

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He and his laugh could he annoying for some and it is understandable.

But if you want to give him one more try, see Beautiful Mind, Chuno, Tree with Deep Roots, Thank You and some other his works.

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I am a huge Jang Hyuk fan but I never like FTLY too. You should try his other works definitely! Go watch Chuno, Tree with deep roots, Thank you, Iris-2, The Flu, Beautiful Mind, Shine or go crazy, Midas, The Client.. you will be blown off

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Agree. Oppa's acting probably too exaggerate for romcom like FTLY. At first, I took time to adapt with him in FTLY because his non-serious scenes almost made him looks like a crazy person (especially his laugh).. LOL. But still love him though. We can never find a weird hero in romcom like he did in FTLY. :P

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I dropped FTLY haflway...imho, I think he is more suitable for "twisted" and serious plot dramas like Beautiful Minds etc.....

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It will be great to have Jang Hyuk in a cop thriller. But I am disappointed not to see Bae Doo Na kick ass in a korean drama. She would have been perfect.

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Same. I never thought JH news would have me saying "booooo" ?. But I really wanted Bae Doo Na. But I'll take what I can get for a thriller.

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Jang Hyuk! The most shocking thing about this update is that we're talking 2017 kdramas already. Time flies!

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yeah, time really flies, christmas and new year coming soon again...

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I would love to see Jang Hyuk in a thriller! The role sounds good too. Can't believe this would be his first cable drama! Time for a change. OCN better treat him right.

Since this drama will probably not be female-centric, I hope the leading lady will be a strong character at the same level as the male lead then.

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He literally plays the same character in every single drama since Chuno

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Are you sure? Don't get me wrong. You do know Chuno was back in 2009 or 2010, right?,It has been several years already.How can his roles in Midas-Tree With Deep Roots- Iris 2- Fated To Love You -Shine or Go Crazy - Merchant - Beautiful Mind were similar ?

He did many sageuk, so probably that's why you saw him in similar role. Not similar role, but same genre but different story.Of course he has his own style of acting, but every actor has their own style.

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No he's not. Lee Dae Gil's character is tons of different when compared to Lee Gun or Lee Young-Oh. Even when comparing his characters on film his acting is not even the same. He may be over-the-top in acting sometimes but all his characters are different from each other.

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His portrayal of his characters are always similar. It's his style of acting, yes, but he literally has the same mannerisms, expressions, voice characterizations that stay stagnant ESPECIALLY in his sageuks but even recognizable in Beautiful Mind.

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I haven't seen him in anything except Thank You. His acting was very "actorly' compared to the naturalistic tone of the drama (a style I personally prefer) and yet he kind of fitted in if that makes any sense.

From what little I have seen I think he is called on to be Jang Hyuk in his roles because his style is quite distinctive and he brings a certain energy. Not everyone's cup of tea - some may prefer actors who disappear into a role - but I guess there is no one type of acting.

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Nooooo!!!

I love JH. Even though I haven't seen him in a drama other than FtLY.

But I was finally going to see Bae Doo Na. Can't it still be the two? Previous reports made it seem like a male & female pair with the girl as the main character and minor, if any, romance happens.

Female main character who isn't boring please! Imo last one was Doctors, semi DotS but the best to date was Jang Nara in I Remember You. For a villain turn main character: Lee El would be a great choice! Liar Game & Wild Romance was lit.

Please let it be equal gender-centric, since it is about 2 operators. The other ways never quite pan out.

Also does this mean anything for Missing 9?

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weeeellllll. I was excited for this drama but idk now...I love JH I was just hoping for a female-centric drama..the plot still is interesting and I will likely tune in because of that and JH but man I was really hoping for a female lead..

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Well, Bae Doona turned it down and they changed the story with that, is that it?? Sigh! I still love Jang Hyuk and OCN is a good place for him to flex those perfect acting muscles with its versatile range without networks being stupid and choosing quantity over quality. I am happy.

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They offered the female part to Chun Woo-hee, another movie actress. I would love to see her on the small screen. Hope for a good drama.

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yay my prince wang so
*King Wang so ~ <3
so so hyungnimmie <3

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