‘Joseon Survival’ looking for new lead actor amid Kang Ji-hwan’s arrest

TV Chosun’s fantasy drama Joseon Survival is looking for a new lead actor who will replace Kang Ji-hwan, the drama’s production company announced on July 11.

This after Kang Ji-hwan was arrested in his home in Gwangju on July 9 for allegedly committing sexual and indecent assaults on two female outsourced staff members of his agency, Huayi Brothers Korea, which is also in charge of the drama’s production.

On Thursday, Huayi Brothers Korea shed some light on the future of Joseon Survival by stating in an official press release that Kang Ji-hwan “has dropped out of the drama.”

“We are currently looking for an actor to replace his role, and we are doing our best to ensure the smooth resumption of the show,” the agency also said.

Huayi Brothers Korea did not state the date when the series will resume its broadcast but it apologetically remarked that “we will be back on air as soon as possible.”

The agency announced on July 10 the cancellation of all scheduled activities of Kang Ji-hwan as well as this week’s broadcast of Joseon Survival, which is scheduled to air every Saturday and Sunday at 10:50 p.m. Korean Standard Time.

Joseon Survival Poster featuring Kang Ji-hwan

Joseon Survival is a 20-episode series that centers on a modern-day professional-archer-turned-delivery-man (played by Kang) who is transported to Joseon Dynasty after a strange incident along with his sister (Park Se-wan) and first love (Kyung Soo-jin). It premiered on June 8 and has aired 10 episodes so far.

As Huayi Brothes employs a “live-shoot” system in filming Joseon Survival, the production of the series is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, the Gwangju Police Station where Kang Ji-hwan is temporarily detained revealed on July 11 that it has requested the prosecution to file a pretrial detention warrant for Kang Ji-hwan. If the warrant is filed by the prosecution and approved by the court, the actor will be detained by the police for more than 48 hours on the grounds that he, as the prime suspect of the case, might flee or destroy evidence.

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