Reply 1988 and Entertainer star Hyeri has been confirmed to headline MBC’s newest supernatural criminal rom-com titled Two Cops which already secured Jo Jung-suk (Jealousy Incarnate) to play the male lead character three months ago. The upcoming series centers around a police detective who finds himself possessed by a con artist’s spirit.

Jo Jung-suk, 36, will play violent crime detective Cha Dong-tak assigned in Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul, while Hyeri is up to play his love interest, Song Jin-an. He is described as a righteous and dedicated cop with firm principles whose ordinary detective life becomes complicated upon being forced to house in his body a con artist’s soul. Meanwhile, Song Jin-an is an enthusiastic reporter with sheer determination that helped her got to where she is now. An impulsive and impatient newbie in her line of job, she goes after scoops and ends up meeting Detective Cha with whom she will fall in love after a series of encounters and possible collaborations in solving crimes.

Choi Woo-sik (Fight For My Way) was also offered an unspecified major supporting role last month but his casting has yet to be confirmed. The drama’s production team has also yet to announce the actor who will play the swindler’s spirit that will take residence in Cha Dong-tak’s body.

Actress Han Ji-min (Hyde, Jekyll, Me) was first offered the lead female role but she declined the offer. 23-year old Hyeri, a member of the girl group Girl’s Day, ended up bagging the role as a result. It is her second time playing a lead role opposite a relatively older actor, following Entertainer where she was paired with Ji Sung (Defendant) who was 39 years old back then. She made her lead acting debut in the hit cable drama Reply 1988 in 2015.

Two Cops is a debut work by new writer Byun Sang-soon who won the grand prize in KBS’s criminal miniseries script writing competition in 2016. The drama was picked up by MBC for a Monday-Tuesday broadcast in November when 20th Century Boy and Girl ends its run.

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