Rising actor Lee Hak-joo is being courted to join stars Soo Ae and Kim Kang-woo in the cast of JTBC’s upcoming psychological thriller series Duke City.
An official from Lee Hak-joo’s agency SM C&C revealed on February 17 that Duke City is among the works Lee is positively reviewing.
Duke City will tell the mysterious disappearance of worldly things as humans grow more and more greedy to rise to the top. The story will be set in the art museum Space Jin, which is owned by Sungjin Group, a conglomerate that dominates the political and business sectors of South Korea.
Lee Hak-joo previously took on minor roles in the hit television dramas Mr. Sunshine (2018) and Memories of the Alhambra (2018–2019) before landing his famous villain role in the record-breaking 2020 drama The World of the Married (TWOTM). After gaining increased popularity, the 32-year-old actor then starred in the 2020 series Sweet Munchies and Private Lives. This year, he is set to work again with his TWOTM co-star Han So-hee in the upcoming Netflix action noir series Undercover. If he accepts the current offer, he will be acting alongside actress Soo Ae (Sweet Stranger and Me), who will portray the female protagonist Yoon Jae-hee, and actor Kim Kang-woo (Woman of 9.9 Billion), who signed up to play Jung Joon-hyuk.
Duke City, also known as Sabotage City, will be helmed by Jeon Chang-geun of Mystic Pop-up Bar (2020). Meanwhile, penning the script is screenwriter Son Se-dong. Produced by JTBC Studios and History D&C, the drama is slated to air in the second half of 2021.