Lee Joon-gi talks about role in “Criminal Minds”

Lee Joon-gi (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo) talked about his role in the upcoming Korean remake of American television series Criminal Minds as he graced the cover and some of the pages of Marie Claire magazine’s July issue.

Lee Joon-gi revealed in an interview during his pictorial for the magazine that he will play the role of Hyun Joon, an agent for the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency. He said his role on Criminal Minds is different as he is more lively and active. “I am having a good time filming it. I want to surprise the public with new characters every time,” he added.

Criminal Minds actor Lee Joon-gi in Marie Claire magazine.
Lee Joon-gi in one of the photos for Marie Claire’s July edition. (Photo Credit: Marie Claire)

Criminal Minds is about a group of agents who study crime suspects using criminal psychology. It is Lee Joon-gi’s first drama since 2014 that is not set in pre-modern Korea. His three previous projects in television are all historical dramas, namely Gunman in Joseon in 2014, Scholar Who Walks the Night in 2015, and Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo in 2016. The actor will play opposite actress Moon Chae-won (Goodbye Mr. Black), who got the chance to play the lead female role after Kim Ah-joong refused the offer first offered to her in January 2017.

The 20-episode drama is completely pre-produced and is set to broadcast this July on tvN. Next Entertainment World and Taewon Entertainment have worked together to produce the series. These Korean production companies are working with ABC Studios and Disney Media Productions, which produced the American version of the show, to ensure that the essential elements of the original version will be maintained in the remake.

The original Criminal Minds is a crime procedural drama that 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 ended in May 2017. 

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