Netflix announces ‘D.P.’ cast lineup with stars Jung Hae-in, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim Sung-kyun, Son Seok-koo

Netflix has finally unveiled its major cast lineup for its new original series D.P.

The series title is an acronym that stands for “Deserter Pursuit.” It is a unit inside the Army’s Military Police that specializes in hunting down fleeing soldiers. D.P. will follow a young soldier who is suddenly tasked with tracking down these deserters and eventually finds himself entangled in many complicated situations. The drama will feature big stars Jung Hae-in, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim Sung-kyun, and Son Seok-koo.

Jung Hae-in is set to play main character Ahn Jun-ho, a young private tasked to the D.P. team by his superior. Because of his observant and persistent nature, he is found to be a good candidate for the position of desertion arrest officer. He is also silent and even-tempered, which are ideal qualities of a soldier. However, he finds himself struggling with the mission as he interacts with these soldiers and listens to their stories. The actor last starred with a lead role in A Piece of Your Mind, which aired in March 2020.

Meanwhile, Koo Kyo-hwan has signed up to play Han Ho-yeol, the leader of the desertion arrest unit. He is an unambitious spirit who is sometimes ill-tempered and serves as Jun-ho’s mentor by giving him useful tactics in investigating and tracking. Expectations are set on the two actors and the kind of teamwork they will show in the series. This will be Koo’s official drama debut, as he only appeared in a drama special and films in the past. He recently appeared in the movie Peninsula (2020), a standalone sequel to the 2016 hit zombie film Train to Busan. Aside from acting, Koo has also directed and penned several projects.

Acting alongside them is Kim Sung-kyun, who will play D.P. Unit Chief Park Beom-gu. Although he constantly nags Jun-ho and Ho-yeol, he is a veteran and a capable leader who is always looking out for his men, particularly the two. He last starred in the mystery comedy drama The Fiery Priest (2019) and had a guest role in Hospital Playlist (2020).

Lastly, Son Seok-koo has taken on the role of First Lieutenant Im Ji-seop. He is an elite graduate of the Korea Military Academy and is currently the Commander of the Military Police. As a perfectionist who only cares about results, he will be the main source of suspense and tension in the story. He also highly disapproves of the D.P. team. The actor last starred in the 2019 rom-com series Be Melodramatic with a cameo role.

The drama is adapted from a famous webtoon by Kim Bo-tong. It taps on real-life cases and emotional struggles of young soldiers who run away from their military duties, as well as the harsh reality and human rights issues inside the military. Writer Kim is said to have drawn inspiration from his own experiences from working in the army himself as a Director of Personnel. The number of readers of the said webtoon has already exceeded 10 million.

D.P. was initially set as a feature film but was recently changed into a six-part drama adaptation instead. The miniseries will be directed by Han Jun-hee, who was invited to International Critics’ Week at the 68th Cannes Film Festival for his full-length debut film Coin Locker Girl (2015) that caused quite a turmoil in the film industry. The series will air only on Netflix, making it available to over 190 countries.

Source: Press Release from Netflix

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