Lee Joon-gi and Moon Chae-won are now confirmed as leading cast of the Korean remake of US television series Criminal Minds.
Naver reported that after months of negotiations, the two stars finally accepted the lead roles of the Korean version of the series which is set to start airing in July on cable network tvN for 20 episodes. The main roles were offered to Lee Joon-gi and Kim Ah-joong in January 2017 but when Kim turned down the offer, Moon Chae-won received the offer in February.
The remake marks Lee’s return in a drama with a modern setting after starring in three consecutive historical dramas in the past three years (Gunman in Joseon in 2014, Scholar Who Walks the Night in 2015, and Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo in 2016). Moon, meanwhile, starred in her last drama last year in Goodbye Mr. Black.
It was in 2016 when the possible remake of the US TV series was first announced by Next Entertainment World (NEW) and Taewon Entertainment, which are collaborating to produce the show. These production companies acquired the rights to the series from ABC Studios and Disney Media Productions last year and are working closely with them to ensure that the essence of the original show is maintained in the Korean version.
The remake of the long-running CBS show now joins the rank of other Korean versions of American shows such as The Good Wife and Entourage. These two dramas also aired on tvN last year.
Criminal Minds is a crime procedural drama that has been running for 12 seasons now. It focuses on a special task force of profilers in the FBI who study crime suspects using criminal psychology. The 12th season of the drama premiered in September last year and will end in May 2017.
The Korean version of Criminal Minds will be fully pre-produced before it starts airing in the second half of 2017.