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Blockbuster spy-action drama Prometheus courts Joo Ji-hoon, Ha Ji-won

The upcoming drama Prometheus: War of Fire, which was initially announced last year, has epic action blockbuster written all over it, so it makes sense that they’d go after an equally blockbuster cast, which is what we’d get with Joo Ji-hoon (With the Gods, Asura) and Ha Ji-won (Hospital Ship, Chronicle of a Blood Merchant). Both actors have been extended offers for the large-scale spy-action drama and are currently “considering positively.”

The plot of Prometheus kicks off when top North Korean scientists with secret knowledge of North’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear program go missing while dispatched secretly to Pakistan. In response, multiple nations jump into action to be the first to locate the missing scientists (and acquire their knowledge), which includes agents from South Korean’s National Intelligence Service.

Among those are elite NIS agent Chae Eun-seo, the role out to Ha Ji-won, and North Korean defector and former military officer Park Hoon, which is the role offered to Joo Ji-hoon. The two are dispatched undercover, disguised as a married couple, under the operation titled Prometheus. A third main character is a mysterious girl genius, Song Chae-yool, and the three characters get swept up in an unexpected whirlpool of action, espionage, and intrigue.

Prometheus comes from chief producer Choi Ji-young, who worked on spy-action thriller IRIS, period action drama Chuno, and period romantic melodrama Princess’s Man. All were massive hits, and all boasted an epic sensibility that this new drama will surely be aiming to re-create—and even amplify, with its massive 30 billion won budget.

The drama will begin shooting in May and is currently in talks for scheduling with “a major broadcaster” (so, KBS, SBS, or MBC).

Via News1, Star News, The Fact

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300 billion won?! That's over 280 million USD! That's definitely a massive budget.

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Whoa that's 7 times more than the budget of "Along with the Gods." The biggest blockbuster movie of 2017. It made over 104 million.

Are they planning on blowing up a couple of airplanes or something?

Goodluck to the investors. I hope they'll get some of their money back.

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Looks like a typo. On the previous article, Javabeans wrote 30 billion won.

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Yes, you're right, drat those typos! I mean, it's a massive budget, but not THAT massive. :)

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Shucks, I'm no longer impressed. :-p

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slightly OT but not really.. haha
I wish I had the chance to watch Along With The Gods more than once tbh. It.was.awesome~

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Ha Ji-won fits action dramas to a tee so not surprised they cast her.

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Her recent projects for the last few years have been pretty much failures regardless of her acting - let’s hope this one doesn’t sink if she signs on.

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Doing happy dance, hoping it'll be amazing :)

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wow, Joo Ji Hoon!!! it's been awhile... can't wait to see him in this, hope he accepts.

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Yas I want to see more Ju ji hoon and ha ji won in something I can watch her in

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I'm actually really looking forward to this one. I'm thinking the OST will be amazing as well.

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If the OST is as good as those of CHUNO and MAWANG, I'd be a happy camper indeed.

A big mahalo to @linda-palapala for turning me on to MAWANG / THE LUCIFER. A thoroughly terrific show and cast -- that didn't let up until the final second. Joo Ji-hoon was excellent.

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Thanks - and I wish more people would watch Mawang (The Devil on DF). It might be 2007 but one of the best dramas. Joo Ji-hoon was perfect for the part. I've been a fan since that drama and so I'm really looking forward to this. Please accept the part!
And yes, the OSTs for both Chuno and Mawang are some of the best.

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Hi, Linda!

Glad to know you'll be tuning in for PROMETHEUS. And we can look forward to seeing JJH in KINGDOM, too, battling zombies in Joseon. ;-)

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Funny you should mention Kingdom. I just recommended this to a zombie-loving patient who likes historical dramas as well. The last time I saw her I mentioned Train to Busan and guess what, she loved it! Watched it the same week. I see her in six months and told her to look for it on Netflix. We’ll have something else to talk about!

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Gah! I'm so glad you picked out The Devil. @llljr see you should do too😁
And I'm seriously have to go checking that exploding thread! Though to now still hoping heads will recap that show.

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I will check it out when I'm free, i swear! But there's really too many dramas on the list, I will tell you when I watch it!

Anyway, have u watched Along With The Gods? I really liked JJH's character in the movie! ;)

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A fake marriage :D ?? Sign me up.

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I miss a fierce Ha Ji Won on my screen. The last time I watched her was in that boring "BFF to lover" drama..

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Watch her drama aired last year, Hospital Ship. She's a surgeon there👍 and she won an award for her ofcourse amazing portrayal.

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I did check the first few episodes but something felt missing, so unfortunately I had to drop it 😔

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Might be time for a rewatch of DAMO -- or for a quick pick-me-up, DUELIST. Her sword tangos with Sad Eyes never get old. ;-)

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I liked her in King 2 Hearts. She was excellent playing both a fierce soldier and a feminine woman wanting to get married.

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Ah, I LOVE Damo!!! How are you able to watch it again? The first time killed me and it took me awhile to recover.

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I only recently watched DAMO for the first time, and marathoned it. The subtitles weren't the greatest, so maybe I missed some of the heartbreaking details. ;-)

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I feel like this is the drama I always wanted but didn't know I needed. Please let this happen.

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WOW... JOO JI HOON and HA JI WON dreamy colaboration cuold me in. And the plot remain me MR and MRS SMITH, Koran version of course.

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Man, I want to see Ha Ji-won back in an action drama and rocking a bad-ass role. Her past two dramas were underwhelming.

This drama seems epic, but they don't even have a broadcaster yet... Eek.

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I love the cast and the story sounds pretty good if well made and filmed but I hope they make Ha ji won hairstyle good. In her last drama her hairstyle was awful on her.

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I'm more interested to know who is going to be cast as mysterious girl genius, Song Chae-yool - because yes, she is a genius! I don't know if they are going to cast big names too, but it seems like maybe an idol?

Anyway,I'm scared for the possibility of the outcome of this so-called blockbuster project, so I hope it is as good as it is hyped of!! These two actors are either hit or miss for me - depends on the projects they do but Ha Ji-won will be fine because she is back to her roots - action drama. Joo Ji-hoon is suddenly busy with drama this year because he also has upcoming Kingdom.

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Girl genius... hmmm. How old are we talking about?

How about a rematch with JJH's costar in MAWANG, Shin Min-ah? She was great in that role.

Or maybe Seo Hyun-jin, who has ample Three Kingdoms-era spying credentials? I'd love to see her kicking butt again. I need something to help me forget her most recent character.

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Either Shin Min-ah or Seo Hyun-jin would be awesome 😊

Since I didn't finish TOL, so I don't have anything particular to remember about her character LOL. If anything the writer was hugely responsible because she messed up her character and the script in general. She honestly deserved better script and co-star.

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I thought Yang Se-jong did well with the character he was given until the characters all seemed to get lobotomies to ensure a happy ending. The script left a lot to be desired. Kim Jae-wook was wasted on an incomprehensible character, especially after his electrifying performance in VOICE. Arg!

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I guess, Ha Myung-hee has a tendency to make me form some allergy towards his male leads, same goes to Kim Rae-won as well in Doctors. I do like Yang Se-jong and he did well, but I don't like the way he talks - it sounds quite monotone. That's my problem with him. He is still rookie anyway, has a room for improvement. But I wish he will do secondary roles or
lead weekend drama for now and go learn with sunbae. All four main casts in TOL deserved so much better. Anyway, I'm glad Jo Boah is going to do another drama with Chae Shi-ra, and Kim Jae-wook now is busy with musical 'Amadeus'. Waiting for Seo Hyun-jin's project news next.

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@seralovestteobokki
February 20, 2018 at 10:15 PM

Wow! I didn't know that Kim Jae-wook does musical theatre! Is he playing antagonist Salieri in "Amadeus," by any chance? Just thinking back to the movie, he could have a field day as Mozart, too. This sounds epic. I can just imagine him turning on the charm. ;-)

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I think both him and Jo Jung-seok are the main characters. I just saw the posters but didn't read the details LOL.

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@seralovestteobokki,
February 21, 2018 at 2:17 AM

Oh, man, what an epic pairing. I can imagine JJS as Mozart more so than Salieri, but that might be because F. Murray Abraham seemed much taller than Tom Hulce. ;-)

Per AllKpop, "Amadeus" opens on Feb. 27 in Seoul, also starring Ji Hyun Joon, Han Ji Sang, Lee Chong Joo, and INFINITE's Sunggyu.

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Looks like KBS picked it up. No surprise there since Choi is a KBS producer.
I'm not a fan of either one and this big budget comes with high expectations.
It's not as big as "IRIS's" budget but it's still big for a drama.

I love Ha Ji-won's earlier dramas, "Damo" "Hwang Jini" and the movie "Duelist." I like her with Kang Dong-won too.

Anyway, it's understandable if she turn this down. She just lost her only brother.

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I read few initial reports yesterday mentioned that KBS probably picked it up so it's true. Not a fan of big budget drama, but I hope this one is live up to its expectation.

I also think she still needs some time before starting another drama. I liked her in some of her earlier drama, especially Damo and Hwang Jini which remain my fav works of hers. As long as she stays away from cringeworthy roles and drama, I'll be fine with her.

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Yep, I'm with both of you. Loved her in Damo, Hwang Jini and As One.

It's really sad her brother passed away.

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@kiara,

Say it ain't so! I've been keeping an eye out for him since THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG. He had a lovely speaking voice.

RIP, Jeon Tae-soo. You'll always be Prince Jinmu to me.

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The late Jeon Tae-soo didn't have many works, but his characters in sageuk such as in King's Daugher and Cruel Palace were pretty memorable for me. It crossed my mind why he wasn't very active, turned out he had a depression. I don't know if having a top star as a sibling influenced him in anyway, but I noticed Kim Tae-hee's younger brother, Lee Wan also isn't active in acting despite of having a lot of potentials.

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@seralovestteobokki,

I'll have to check out CRUEL PALACE. Thanks for the tip.

At least Jinmu got some redemption in what turned out to be Jeon Tae-soo's final role. Earlier, I thought he did a fantastic job when Jinmu learned his true parentage. It was heartbreaking, and he rose to the occasion.

As in other lines of work, it may be a tricky proposition when kin are working as actors.

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It's so sad and yes check out "Cruel Palace." It's the drama version of "War of the Arrows" one of Jung Ha-yeon's sageuk.

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They haven't pick the director and screen writer yet. Maybe the right director will make this drama promising?

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They could just hire Kim Kyu-tae again to do another forgettable "IRIS" 😝
Choi did better with "Princess Man" and "Chuno."

I'd love to see Kim So-yeon again in a spy series. She was the best thing in IRIS.

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Lol.... We are too harsh on Kim Kyu Tae it seems. But that day he is not as worse as of now imo. But I can't help it. Haha
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If they pick my fav director Nd writers for this project, I will have to check out at least the 1st episode. Might be it will turn out to be a decent project

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I think he should just stick to directing and improving his craft. His dramas are gorgeous but he doesn't do justice to good scripts.

Handling production and directing at the same time is very challenging. I don't think he can handle both (hello Moon Lovers").
Even the best directors of all time like PD Kim Jong-hak couldn't handle managing budget etc and it eventually led to the end of his career and his life.

Not every PD is multi talented like Ahn Pan-seok.

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Based on wikipedia, he will also handle LIVE as both producer and director. Wow. He is so ambitious. Lol

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Ooh, thanks for the reminder. Can't wait to watch Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food, which airs after Misty.

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Ok I somewhat wish they do the Pakistan part right. Don't make it another Homeland. I found DOTS to be a little racist too in this regard and now this show also makes sure that they get kidnapped from Pakistan, wow.

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Wooooo, the Pakistan part scares the hell out of me too. There's so much opportunity to mess that up, especially the longer they stay there. It will be interesting to see how (and where) they do it.

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She has a little bit of a pocker face, so she can do action pretty well... LOL

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Ha Ji Won and North Korea again? I think she is already being typecast into a certain role which is not good for her as an actress. Think about the variety of roles done by Son Ye Jin.

On the other hand, happy that Joo Ji Hoon has made a remarkable comeback after his scandal a few years back.

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Well she's not good in romance roles so that limits some choices for her.
At least she excels in two areas - historical and action dramas

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I just saw this news on Instagram and they said Ki Hong Lee from The Maze Runner is also considering in joining the drama. And I was like, WHATT!!!

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I am happy for Joo Ji Hoon but is there any information about Kingdom? I am talking about his, signal's writers and Bae Doo Na's drama

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I just looked on Netflix in the US, but not a single mention as yet.

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They were supposed to start filming in Oct 2017 through Feb 2-18 so they are still filming.
Multiple seasons takes time so it might take longer.

Netflix is the new China when it comes to investment in K-dramas.

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They are filming all seasons now? I thought they would film after the season ended only in case it is a commercially successful project

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IIRC there were supposed to be 3 seasons but with short episodes.
Season 1 was reported to have only 6 episodes so there might be 18 total for all 3.

I don't know if they are filming all 3 seasons at once but it makes the most sense since the main actors are very active in films.

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OH MY GOD just my kind of action drama. Spies, political intrigues (not the cheabeol cringy ones, but true geopolitical ones – hhhmmm yummy) and swoon-worthy legendary romances (S Korea spy with N Korea commander). And Ha Ji Won, who always rises to the challenge. Yes please.

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The plot sounds really interesting. I hope it turns out a well produced project that can beat MR Sunshine, Lol

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Keeping my fingers crossed that this dream couple will accept the drama roles.

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I have a fondness for these two, but the plot doesn't sound like I would like it so I guess I'll wait and see.

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Hwaiting @javabeans!
I don't know I just want to say that 😀

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If they belittle my country or call Muslims terrorist, I swear I will share some Words with them.

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I hope it's all above board, too.

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agreed,
sometimes my mood sours a bit when I hear my country associated with terrorism. T_T

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Are you guys from Pakistan?

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no, from the Phil actually but the stereotyping of my country in kdramas can get a bit irritating.

like its a criminal's hideout or something or all poor people in the southern region are freakin' terrorists

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I'm as Irish as Paddy's pig, and from New Jersey.

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Thanks for this great news, JavaBeans!

Having just watched MAWANG / THE LUCIFER, I'm excitedly looking forward to seeing Joo Ji-hoon teamed with Ha Ji-won in PROMETHEUS. Chief Producer Choi Ji-young has some terrific projects under his belt, so that bodes well for this one.

Aside: Has there been any word on KINGDOM? I didn't realize that Joo Ji-hoon plays the Crown Prince in this upcoming zombie-fest. I just took a look over at Netflix and there's no trace of it.

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I wish we get something like Mawang tbh. I like how 'grey' everyone is in that drama.

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joo ji hoon! i'm in!

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I have been missing a Joo Ji Hoon on my screen lately.... I have not been able to watch his latest movies... please accept and may this drama come as soon as possible!

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Wow! Awesome.. looking forward to it.

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JOO! JI! HOON! YASSSS!!!

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Please be awesome.

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I heard they will also shoot in 5 different countries. Ambitious project indeed!
Now all we need is a good PD + scriptwriter.

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So...they are like Mr&Mrs Smith, except agents instead of contract killers? Oookk.....
Joo Ji Hoon is love in AWTG (everyone is tbh) and I'm looking forward to his next project but all I remembered from all those hit dramas was..their love stories which bummed me a bit cause I want to see actions!explosions!spy thingy! tensions! but yeah~
Hopefully, we get something meaty not fluff big budget drama.

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Oooh, sounds like a pair I could get behind! And I like the sound of a Mr. & Mrs. Smith angle. Hope they sign up. I know she is being typecasted but Ha Ji Won shines best in action projects. If she declines then I'm good with Kim So Yeon, too.

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This team keeps making new projects instead of giving us the Kim So-yeon spin-off we've always wanted from IRIS. *pouting*

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Pakistan??!!!!
OMG does that mean the actors will come here to shoot and I will finally have a chance to meet a Korean celebrity? Or volunteer for an extra LOL. Though I live in a Lahore and I'm sure IF they come they will shoot in the Northern areas which is so far away :(
Hope they at least use the airport of my city :P
Does anyone know what countries they are planning to shoot in??

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they look good together

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