Wise Prison Life, the upcoming tvN drama from PD Shin Won-ho of the well-received Reply series, has its first teaser poster released on October 20. The series is a black comedy that centers around a superstar baseball player who becomes a criminal overnight, depicting his new life in prison and the people around him.
The first poster features actor Park Hae-soo who is playing the main character, Kim Jae-hyuk. It shows him wearing a baseball uniform and standing in front of a baseball stadium and a correctional facility with his left hand being handcuffed while the other one holding a baseball, depicting the tragic transition in his life from a successful baseball player to a prison inmate.
Wise Prison Life marks Park Hae-soo’s first leading role in a drama, following his recent supporting roles in The Liar and His Lover and Six Flying Dragons. He is joined by Jung Kyung-ho (Missing Nine) and f(x)’s Krystal Jung (Bride of the Water God) who plays his girlfriend. The supporting cast includes Sung Dong-il (Hwarang), Choi Moo-sung (Lookout), and Yoo Jae-myung (Secret Forest) who all appeared in Reply 1988.
The upcoming drama is PD Shin’s post-Reply 1988 project written by Jung Bo-hoon, a junior writer of the Reply or Answer Me series. The director revealed in October last year that he was already preparing for the fourth installment of the series that earned him several nominations and won him various accolades. However, he suddenly announced last February that he will instead work on Wise Prison Life which he described as a drama literally about the lives of “people in prison.”
Wise Prison Life, which will follow Avengers Social Club this November, boasts of an interesting, unusual, and unique storyline unheard-of in Korean television. With PD Shin Won-ho at the helm of the direction, it is raising the expectations of viewers who are constantly looking for quality dramas with fresh ideas. It can be expected that his humanistic and comedic touch in the Reply series translates over to the unfamiliar world of prison life.