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.
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