Jo Hyun-chul, Shin Seung-ho confirmed to appear in Netflix original army-themed series ‘D.P.’

Actors Jo Hyun-chul and Shin Seung-ho are gearing up to appear in an upcoming Netflix original series!

On September 18, Jo’s agency Prain TPC has announced the actor’s appearance in a new drama from Netflix titled D.P. Likewise, on September 23, Shin’s agency King Kong by Starship has confirmed the actor’s participation in the series as a cast member, stating, “Shin Seung-ho was cast in Netflix’s new original series D.P. We ask for all your love and support for Shin Seung-ho, who will be taking on the role of Hwang Jang-soo.”

D.P. stands for “Deserter Pursuit,” which is a unit inside the Army’s Military Police tasked with hunting down fleeing soldiers. The story will follow a young soldier who is assigned to the said team to track down the soldiers who escaped from their duties. Observant, persistent, and even-tempered, he becomes the perfect candidate for the job. However, he suddenly finds himself hesitating after listening to the stories of the soldiers.

The drama will be led by big stars Jung Hae-in (A Piece of Your Mind) as the silent and skilled young private Ahn Jung-ho, Koo Kyo-hwan (Peninsula, *film) as the temperamental but tactful D.P. team leader and Jung-ho’s mentor Han Ho-yeol, Kim Sung-kyun (The Fiery Priest) as the capable but strict D.P. Unit Chief Park Beom-gu, and Son Seok-koo (Designated Survivor: 60 Days) as First Lieutenant Im Ji-seop, the current Commander of the Military Police.

Jo Hyun-chul will be playing the role of Private Cho Seok-bong of the Army Police. Seok-bong is a pure and gentle person who takes care of and sides by Jun-ho even though he suffers all kinds of provocation and ridicule from one of his seniors. Expectations are set on the actor to present a different charm to the viewers with a character contrary to the dandy and sophisticated charm he has shown in his previous role in Hotel del Luna (2019) as Sanchez.

Jo has been receiving attention lately for his acting style and the various characters he has played in a number of series, such as Argon (2017), Memories of the Alhambra (2018–2019), and The Lies Within (2019). The actor has also won the Best Actor Award at the 23rd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival by capturing the hearts of the audience and critics with his natural and brilliant acting in last year’s Film Adventure.

Meanwhile, Shin Seung-ho is set to play the role of Hwang Jang-soo, a sergeant in the military police. The actor is expected to add tension to the whole story by constantly clashing with Jung Hae-in’s character. The rising rookie debuted in 2018 with his character in the drama A-Teen where he landed the main role in both seasons of the series. He then went on to star in one more drama the following year, At Eighteen, and has also appeared in another Netflix original series called Love Alarm during the same year. The actor last starred in the 2020 teen series How to Buy A Friend and has made a cameo appearance in the first episode of Homemade Love Story, which premiered on September 19.

Initially planned as a feature film, D.P.‘s production opted to create a six-part drama adaptation instead. It is adapted from a popular webtoon with over 10 million readers and is written by Kim Bo-tong, who will also pen the script for the series. Prior to writing the webtoon, the writer has worked in the army himself as the Director of Personnel, and his experience inside the military had prompted him to write the story inspired by the true-to-life struggles of the young soldiers who run away from their duties, tapping on some human rights and harsh realities inside the army camp.

The award-winning author is also behind the famous webtoon series “Amanza,” which was the recipient of Our Manhwa of Today, the most prestigious comic book award in South Korea given by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Other confirmed cast members for the series include K-pop idol Jun (Good Casting), Hong Kyung (My Lawyer, Mr. Jo 2: Crime and Punishment), and Kim Bum-soo (Stranger 2).

D.P. will be helmed by director Han Jun-hee (Hit-and-Run Squad), who got invited to the International Critics’ Week at the 68th Cannes Film Festival for his full-length debut film Coin Locker Girl (2015), which caused quite a scene in the industry. The series is a collaboration project by Homemade Film and Lezhin Studio and will air only on Netflix, making it available for streaming among its users in over 190 countries.

The drama’s official premiere date is yet to be announced.

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