Jang Dong-gun, Park Hyung-sik cast in Korean remake of ‘Suits’

Another Korean remake of a US television series is in the works. This time the original show is Suits, a drama about a college dropout who has worked as a law associate despite not having the legal credentials, and his lawyer boss who offers him the job and keeps his secret. The Korean version has found its home on KBS and actors Jang Dong-gun and Park Hyung-sik have confirmed their appearance to play the formidable duo.

Jang Dong-gun is up to play Choi Kyung-seo, the legendary and charismatic lawyer of the top law firm in Korea. He is the counterpart of Harvey Specter in the original, a self-proclaimed best closer in New York City who takes on the talented Mike Ross. Park Hyung-sik will be playing Mike’s Korean counterpart, Go Yeon-woo, who will also be hired personally by Choi Kyung-seo due to his razor-sharp mind and impressive knowledge of the law.

The upcoming series will mark Jang Dong-gun’s comeback on the small screen after five years. He last played a leading role in Kim Eun-sook’s drama A Gentleman’s Dignity. Meanwhile, Park Hyung-sik will be playing his next leading role on TV following his CEO character in the hit JTBC series, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. Their casting in the drama is raising expectations among the viewers especially that PD Kim Jin-woo of hit dramas Mystery Queen and Healer has signed on to lead the production.

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Suits premiered in 2011 and is currently airing on the USA Network for its seventh season. It is the fourth American drama since 2016 to get an adaptation in South Korea. Last year, HBO’s Entourage and CBS’s The Good Wife were remade into Korean dramas on cable network tvN. The two shows were followed by Criminal Minds, also a CBS series, whose Korean version is currently airing every Wednesdays and Thursdays on the same cable network.

KBS seems to be starting its venture into adapting American shows for the domestic audience. Its dedication to creating a successful remake is attracting attention as it ordered Monster Union, a recently established independent TV production company that aims to produce competitive and high-quality content in the international market, to manage the project. The said company recently produced Seven Day Queen and was given the go signal to make the drama adaptation of the popular zombie webtoon Dreamcide that is hyped as the next Descendants of the Sun.

Suits, which will be written by Kim Jung-min, is slated to be broadcast in the first half of 2018.

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