Lee Hyun-woo to replace Park Jung-woo in Korean remake of ‘Money Heist’

Park Jung-woo (Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation) has decided to step down from his role in The House of Paper, an upcoming Netflix original series.

According to the actor’s agency Baro Entertainment on May 31, the decision was made due to scheduling conflicts, as Park will focus on filming his upcoming drama Fly High, Butterfly.

In his stead, Lee Hyun-woo will play Rio, the youngest member of the team who serves as their hacker and tech expert.

Lee Hyun-woo as Rio in Netflix's The House of Paper
Lee Hyun-woo as Rio in Netflix’s The House of Paper

The House of Paper is a Korean remake of the 2017 global sensation drama La Casa de Papel (more popularly known as Money Heist), which follows a group of criminals as they make the biggest heist of the century inside the country’s national money-making corporation.

The adaptation, set in the background of the Korean peninsula, stars Yoo Ji-tae (When My Love Blooms), Kim Yun-jin (Ms. Ma, Nemesis), Park Hae-soo (Prison Playbook), Jeon Jong-seo (The Call, film), Lee Won-jong (L.U.C.A: The Beginning), Kim Ji-hoon (Flower of Evil), Jang Yoon-ju (Three Sisters, film), Kim Ji-hoon (The Good Detective) and Lee Gyu-ho (Dr. Romantic 2).

After getting discharged from military enlistment in 2019, Lee Hyun-woo has been cast in the upcoming films Hero and Dream. The House of Paper will be his first drama in four years, following his last role in The Liar and His Lover in 2017.

Lee shared, “I’m excited to greet the viewers through a drama after a long time. I will do my best to make a good performance and a memorable character for those who are waiting for the Korean version of Money Heist.”

The House of Paper will air exclusively on Netflix. It will be directed by Kim Hong-sun of L.U.C.A.: The Beginning (2021) and penned by Ryu Yong-jae of My Holo Love (2020).

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Luna

It was Princess Lulu who first introduced her to Korean dramas but it was Yoon Ji-hoo from Boys Over Flowers who enticed her to stay in K-dramaland. She writes news and features for Kdramapal, which combines two of her most favorite things in the world—writing and K-dramas (look who's living the dream). The name Luna literally translates to "moon" and nothing special; she just likes writing at night.

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