OCN’s new drama Children of the Lesser God has begun searching for its cast within two weeks after the cable network greenlighted its production on October 23. Proposals to play the lead characters have been handed to Kang Ji-hwan and Kim Ok-bin as confirmed by their respective agencies on November 3. Jellyfish Entertainment and Huayi Brothers, the actor’s and actress’ agency, respectively, said in a statement that they are positively considering the offer.
If Kang Ji-hwan accepts the role, he will be playing a logical and smart detective who will meet a female detective possessing a superhuman visual ability and partner with her in dealing with an incident. The actor previously played a major role in MBC’s revenge drama Monster (2016) and KBS2’s melodrama Big Man (2014). Should he decide to take the project, it will be his first time playing the lead in a cable drama ever since he started his acting career in 2003.
Meanwhile, Kim Ok-bin is up to play the female detective who is just as competent as Kang Ji-hwan’s character. They are both members of Seoul’s elite detective squad but what makes her unique and interesting is her superhuman ability. If the actress accepts the offer, the Children of the Lesser God will serve as her comeback project following Yoo-na’s Street, JTBC’s 50-episode drama in 2014 which received several nominations for prestigious accolades including the Best Drama from Baeksang Arts Awards in 2015.
Children of the Lesser God will air during the first half of 2018. It will be directed by The Heirs and Midas PD Kang Shin-hyo and penned by writer Han Woo-ri. OCN, which is known for its weekend crime and mystery thrillers, is poised to continue airing such programs on the said time slot on a regular basis. The network used to broadcast dramas with month-long gaps in-between but since January this year, it already aired five dramas consecutively. The currently ongoing Black—which was preceded by Save Me, Duel, Tunnel, and Voice—will be followed by Bad Guys 2 this December and the second season of Voice sometime next year.