Park Si-hoo is being courted to transform into Korea’s Patrick Jane in the remake of the hit American mystery police procedural The Mentalist.
On January 5, an official from the actor’s agency HOO Factory confirmed the casting offer and shared, “Park Si-hoo [has received] a proposal, and he is reviewing his appearance in the remake of the American drama The Mentalist.”
Park is reportedly being roped in to play the main character dubbed as “the mentalist,” Patrick Jane, portrayed in the original series by Australian actor Simon Baker. The story followed Jane, an independent consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) who uses his observational skills and fraudulent “psychic” ability in helping the officers solve murder cases. The drama ran under CBS for seven seasons from 2008 to 2015 and received generally positive reviews. As of writing, no further details about Park’s offered role have been disclosed.
Park Si-hoo debuted in the entertainment industry as a model and stage actor. He then began taking on television projects such as Queen of Reversals (2010), The Princess’ Man (2011), and My Golden Life (2017), to name a few. If he decides to essay the lead role in The Mentalist, he will be returning to the small screen after his last series, the TV Chosun historical drama Kingmaker: The Change of Destiny (2020).
The Korean remake of The Mentalist will be helmed by Pyo Min-soo of The Producers (2015). To date, the broadcasting network and schedule are still undecided.