Lee Young-ae courted to lead upcoming action thriller inspired by ‘Killing Eve’

Actress Lee Young-ae might return to dramas soon!

On January 21, Lee’s agency Good People confirmed that the actress had been offered the lead role in the upcoming drama Incredible Koo Kyung-yi, which is described as the Korean version of the British thriller Killing Eve starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. The actress is currently reviewing the script. If she agrees, the drama will mark her return to the small screen after four years. Her last full-fledged drama role was in Saimdang, Memoir of Colors (2017).

Incredible Koo Kyung-yi will be a woman-led action thriller. It will explore a thrilling chase between two extremely smart and dangerous women—a detective and a serial killer. Lee Young-ae has been offered the role of extraordinarily sharp detective Koo Kyung-yi, a former police officer turned insurance investigator in her forties. Where Koo Kyung-yi turned into a recluse after her husband’s death and is a homebody, the university-going serial killer is described as hip, colorful, and trendy with a darkness within.

The drama is set to be produced by KeyEast. The script will be penned by a team of rookie co-writers called Sung Cho-yi. PD Lee Jeong-heum of Falsify (2017) and Nobody Knows (2020) will serve as the show’s director.

Lee Young-ae debuted as a model before turning to acting with the drama How’s Your Husband? (1993), which immediately won her a Best New Actress award at that year’s SBS Drama Awards. She has appeared in a number of iconic Korean films like Joint Security Area (2000), One Fine Spring Day (2001), and most notably, in the third installment of director Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance trilogy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005). In 2019, she returned to films with the thriller film Bring Me Home, after a thirteen-year hiatus.

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