A look into the future in sci-fi mystery Circle’s first teaser
Last week, we got a glimpse into the present-day timeline for tvN’s upcoming sci-fi mystery Circle: Two Connected Worlds, and today, we get a peek inside what the future holds for Korea. Kim Kang-woo (Goodbye Mr. Black) will headline the future timeline as a detective in 2037 South Korea. He appears in the newly released production stills looking quite detective-y alongside Kwon Hyuk-soo (Missing 9), who plays newbie to Kim Kang-woo’s veteran.
We also get a little more info on the 2037 half of Circle, the events of which will unfold in parallel to the 2017 present-day story. Titled rather aptly Part 2: Brave New World, South Korea (and the world?) in 2037 is split into two societies: there is “Smart Earth,” which is free of crime, disease, and negative emotions, and then there is “Average Earth,” where crime and disease run rampant. Naturally.
Seasoned detective Kim Joon-hyuk, portrayed by Kim Kang-woo, is hot-tempered, focused, and has the highest arrest rate of any detective in Average Earth. However, he will attempt to smuggle himself into Smart Earth, for reasons unexplained. I’m guessing it has to do with the case involving aliens mentioned in earlier reports, that links the present and future timelines. Kwon Hyuk-soo’s character Detective Oh, a new recruit on the force, will aid Kim Joon-hyuk in the crime-solving and, quite possibly, in the latter’s mission to enter Smart Earth.
I don’t know about you, but I am so beyond excited for Circle because I am a HUGE nerd for good sci-fi. The setting itself isn’t novel to the genre, but whereas most stories set in dystopian futures are essentially allegories of class warfare, the angle Circle looks like it’s taking doesn’t seem to include a conflict between the haves (Smart Earth) and the have-nots (Average Earth). Or at least, it doesn’t seem to be the central focus.
tvN also recently released a (very) short 15-second teaser, and while it doesn’t reveal much, the vibe is every bit as intense as I want it to be. We get brief looks at Yeo Jin-gu (Jackpot) and Kim Kang-woo reflected in someone’s eye, while Yeo Jin-gu narrates: “Two worlds. And the one truth they seek.”
Circle: Two Connected Worlds will follow the currently airing The Liar and His Lover, and premiere on May 22. Pleasebegoodpleasebegoodpleasebegood *cue rain dance*