Jeon Jong-seo cast as lead in Korean remake of Netflix’s ‘Money Heist’

The highly anticipated Korean adaptation of Netflix’s worldwide-hit series Money Heist is courting rising actress Jeon Jong-seo.

Insiders from the drama industry told Korean media outlets on November 6, “Jeon Jong-seo is set to play the character of Tokyo in [the Korean remake] of Netflix’s The House of Paper.” However, an official from Jeon’s agency My Company clarified the casting news and shared that while the actress received an offer for the role, she is still reviewing the proposal and considering her appearance.

Money Heist is a Spanish caper drama that follows a group of people, led by a genius man called The Professor, as they carry out two ambitious yet elaborately planned robberies: one on the Royal Mint of Spain and the other, on the Bank of Spain. To avoid getting their true identities compromised in the event that any of them gets captured and interrogated by the authorities, the team members adopted “famous city” aliases─Tokyo, Berlin, Moscow, Nairobi, Rio, Denver, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, Lisbon, Bogotá, Palermo, Marseille, and Manila. In addition, all of them maintained anonymity by dressing up in red jumpsuits and putting on masks that featured the face of Salvador Dali, a well-known Spanish surrealist artist. Along the course of their outrageous exploit, however, the team faces several unforeseen issues, such as clashing personalities of members, uncooperative hostages, complicated love affairs, violence, and mutinies that bore loopholes into The Professor’s previously deemed no-fail strategy.

Jeon Jong-seo will potentially breathe life into the Korean version of Silene Oliveira, aka Tokyo, an undeniably attractive but emotionally unstable runaway robber. She is among the first ones who got scouted by The Professor to execute his far-fetched idea of a heist the world has never seen before. Originally played by Spanish actress Úrsula Corberó, Tokyo has also served as an unreliable narrator for the entire series. If she accepts the offer, Jeon, who gained praise for her debut role in the critically acclaimed film Burning (2018), can be expected to render another laudable performance in portraying Tokyo’s complex personality.

From May to November of 2017, La Casa de Papel (translated as The House of Paper) had its initial 15-episode run on the Spanish network Antena 3. Later that year, Netflix acquired exclusive streaming rights for the show. Bearing its new title, Money Heist, the series was cut into 22 shorter episodes and was released worldwide as two separate seasons. Money Heist Part 1 dropped in 2017 with 13 episodes and Part 2 in 2018 with nine episodes. Due to its phenomenal recognition in many countries, the series got renewed for a third season in 2019 with eight episodes, and most recently, a fourth season in 2020 with eight episodes. In July, Netflix announced the production of Money Heist Part 5, which is slated to conclude the franchise.

Produced by BH Entertainment, the Korean remake of Money Heist will reportedly be helmed by director Kim Hong-sun of the TV dramas Voice (2017), Black (2017), and Luca (TBA).

Meanwhile, Jeon Jong-seo is currently gearing up for the global release of her upcoming film Call. Also starring renowned actress Park Shin-hye, the mystery thriller is slated to drop on Netflix this November 27.

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Aurora Bae

Aurora Bae is a news and feature writer for Kdramapal. She first fell in love with Kdramas by watching Winter Sonata as a kid but it wasn’t until Secret Garden that she became an official fan. Now, she spends more time watching Kdramas in her home in Cebu and Kdramapal provides her a platform to write about them as a means of living. How cool is that? And oh, she obviously loves the northern lights too! | email: [email protected]

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