Kang Ha-neul (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo) has dropped out of the upcoming OCN series, Bad Guys 2. Instead of going on with the project as one of the leading cast, he will enlist for his mandatory military service on September 11. The actor is scheduled to be discharged almost two years later, on June 10, 2019.
Kang Ha-neul’s withdrawal from the drama is the second one this month, following the recent announcement by Uhm Tae-goo (Wanted) to leave the cast due to health issues. OCN was quick to find his replacement yesterday in Ji Soo (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon), making the new cast now composed of the rising actor, veteran film actor Park Joong-hoon, and Joo Jin-mo (Woman With a Suitcase).
OCN has yet to find another replacement to complete the main cast, this time for Kang Ha-neul. The actor could have no other choice but to withdraw his participation in the production due to the delay in the filming schedule as a result of Uhm Tae-goo’s withdrawal from the drama earlier. The new schedule might have caused a conflict in Kang Ha-neul’s military service beginning this September.
Bad Guys 2 is the sequel to the 2014 series with the original cast composed of Kim Sang-joong, Ma Dong-seok, Park Hae-jin, and Jo Dong-hyuk. It will be directed by PD Han Dong-hwa and screenwriter Han Jung-hoon who worked together previously in Police Unit 38. It will center on a squad of cops who will team up with criminals to solve cases.
The upcoming series is part of OCN’s complete drama lineup this year for the Saturday-Sunday time slot. Its production team is planning for a premiere in late fall season or early winter, following Black that will air after Save Me. Right now the clone-thriller Duel is occupying the time slot and Save Me will take over on August 5.