Lee Won-geun up to play cop to Choi Kang-hee’s Mystery Queen
Hm, I worry that this pairing is reminiscent of the Joo-won/Choi Kang-hee pairing in Level 7 Civil Servant… but they wouldn’t recreate that dynamic on purpose, right? Though neither actor is confirmed, Lee Won-geun (The Good Wife) is currently in the running to star as the police detective who will work alongside ajumma novice sleuth Choi Kang-hee (Dazzling Temptation) in the new KBS drama Mystery Queen.
In the new comedy, Choi Kang-hee is up to play the wife of a prosecutor, who missed out on her chance to become a police officer when she married young. She’s a longtime lover of mystery novels who once dreamed of becoming the next Agatha Christie, so she has some astute powers of deduction, though everything she learned about solving crimes comes from books. Through chance, she ends up cooperating with the local police on a case, leading to an unlikely partnership between the ajumma and a detective, whose methods couldn’t be more different from one another.
Lee Won-geun has been offered the role of the pretty boy captain of the local neighborhood precinct. He’s a passionate detective who graduated from police university, and he’ll end up helping the heroine in all sorts of ways so that she can realize her dream and become a cop. I can definitely see him in the role, even if the pairing is odd—he’s still got that honor student vibe from Sassy Go Go that should translate easily into righteous and idealistic cop.
So far there’s nothing that indicates that the leads will have a romantic relationship, since the heroine is married, after all. But I also anticipate that she could be unhappily married, so we’ll just have to wait for more details to know if this is going to be more of a buddy cop procedural, or a noona romance, or both.
Mystery Queen will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays following Chief Kim beginning in March.
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