CBS’ Criminal Minds is getting a Korean version. The Criminal Minds Korean drama will star some of the biggest actors in the country, including Lee Joon Gi. The Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo star will play the role of NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency agent Hyun Joon.
Lee revealed to Marie Claire South Korea how he enjoys portraying the character. He added that he would also like to surprise his fans by playing new interesting characters.
“Compared to other characters I have portrayed in numerous projects, my latest character Hyun Joon is someone I can freely express as a living, breathing being. I’m having so much fun filming for the series. As always, I would like to surprise people by taking on dynamic characters,” he told the magazine (via AllKPop).
Criminal Minds Korean Drama Cast
Aside from Lee Joon Gi, Moon Chae Won (Goodbye Mr. Black) will also play a lead role in the show. There were reports that earlier this year, the lead female role was first offered to Kim Ah Joong. The 200 Pounds Beauty actress, however, turned down the project. It was later offered to Moon Chae Won who promptly accepted the role.
Son Hyun Joo (Three Days), Yoo Sun (My Too Perfect Sons), Lee Sun Bin (Missing 9), and Go Yoon (Monster) also confirmed that they will be joining the South Korean adaptation. The series will have 20 episodes for the first season of the procedural drama.
More Details About Criminal Minds Korean Drama
The production of the Criminal Minds Korean drama began in April. All of the episodes for Season 1 were completely pre-produced before the season premiere. The show will air every Wednesday and Thursday on tvN, starting on July 26.
Like the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit in the American version, the Korean profilers will also use a scientific approach to take down criminals. The team will determine how a perpetrator, or what the profilers called the unsub, behaves. The agents’ task is to determine who the culprit is to help authorities apprehend the suspect before he strikes again.
The rights to air the Criminal Minds Korean drama were acquired by Next Entertainment Word and Taewon Entertainment from the ABC Studios and Disney Media Productions last year. According to Korea Portal, the companies will work closely with the US team to ensure that the Korean spinoff will not depart too much from the original franchise’s plot line. CBS’ Criminal Minds is one of the longest-running procedural dramas in the U.S.