Gearing up for its nearing premiere, the much-awaited second season of tvN’s thriller series Stranger (also Secret Forest) has dropped its main poster.
The promotional image features returning cast members Cho Seung-woo, Bae Doo-na, Lee Joon-hyuk, and Yoon Se-ah as well as new faces Jeon Hye-jin and Choi Moo-sung.
In Stranger 2, Hwang Shi-mok (Cho Seung-woo, Life) and Han Yeo-jin (Bae Doo-na, Kingdom 2) return as the emotionless-prosecutor-righteous-detective duo to unravel a mysterious hidden case amidst the ongoing dispute between the prosecutors and the police. The story is writer Lee Soo-yeon’s follow up of her work in the first season (2017), where Shi-mok and Yeo-jin formed an unlikely alliance to eliminate the corruption within the Prosecutor’s Office and solve a series of murders tied to the case.
Apart from Cho and Bae, Lee Joon-hyuk (365: Repeat the Year) and Yoon Se-ah (Melting Me Softly) will also reprise their roles as Seo Dong-jae and Lee Yeon-jae, respectively. Dong-jae is Shi-mok’s fellow prosecutor who is often torn between working for power or for conscience. Meanwhile, Yeon-jae, the wife of the late chief prosecutor, returns as the now-CEO of the notorious Hanjo Group, a large company accused of its involvement in the corruption schemes. Following the previous season, the anticipation is high for the two personas who have been dubbed as interesting yet two-faced characters.
Newcomers to the cast Jeon Hye-jin (Search: WWW) and Choi Moo-sung (Arthdal Chronicles) are set to portray Choi Bit and Woo Tae-ha, respectively. Choi Bit, the first female head of the Korean National Police Agency, will lead the police in their fight for independent authority over proceedings. She will go head-to-head with Tae-ha, the new chief prosecutor, as the latter seeks discretionary power in all investigations.
The “fog veil” in the poster, which may be to symbolize the series’ message that the truth is often concealed, is also a recurring concept in the promos for the new drama. With the protagonists’ grim expressions and the statement “Those who want silence are accomplices” in the background, it seems that the viewers are in for another season of suspense-filled episodes.
Stranger 2, directed by Park Hyun-suk of Uncontrollably Fond (2016), is slated to air in August as a Saturday-Sunday drama, taking over It’s Okay to Not Be Okay’s time slot once it concludes.
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