With only less than a month left before its much-awaited premiere, upcoming JTBC psychological thriller Beyond Evil has dropped a sneak peek of lead actor Shin Ha-kyun as he suits up in a police uniform for yet another challenging small-screen role.
Beyond Evil follows two fearless men as they go through extreme lengths in their search for a returning serial killer. To unmask the culprit, they are forced to look beyond superficial evidence and avoid trusting everyone who is involved in the case, including each other.
In the freshly released still cuts, Shin Ha-kyun (Soul Mechanic) transforms into Detective Lee Dong-sik, a capable officer of the Manyang Police Substation who somehow got demoted into doing menial and tedious works. The first photo captured Detective Shin as his lips are about to form a gentle smile, but something about his intent eyes hints that he is someone far better than what the people around take him for. Most days, he is just a hardworking detective performing regular tasks, such as investigating at a thick reed field. Other days, he is a completely different person, like someone who is unable to escape from his deep misery.
On portraying his character, Shin shared, “Lee Dong-sik is a person who has no choice but to go crazy because he is full of sadness and sorrow. We are working hard to express that side of him well.” The 46-year-old actor also remarked, “The script, which delicately delves into human psychology, is impressive. It is a well-written work that always makes me curious about what will happen in the next episode.”
Joining Shin Ha-kyun in the drama’s lineup are actors Yeo Jin-goo (Hotel del Luna) as Detective Han Joo-won, Heo Sung-tae (Penthouse) as JL Construction CEO Lee Chang-jin, Shim Wan-joon (Hi Bye, Mama!) as homicide detective Gang Do-soo, Choi Jin-ho (Awaken) as National Police Agency deputy head and Joo-won’s father Han Ki-hwan, as well as actresses Choi Sung-eun (SF8: Joan’s Galaxy) as butcher shop owner Yoo Jae-yi and Moon Joo-yeon (At Eighteen) as Dong-sik’s younger fraternal twin sister Lee Yoo-yeon.
Beyond Evil, also known as Monster, is helmed by director Shim Na-yeon of At Eighteen (2019) and penned by screenwriter Kim Soo-jin of The Light in Your Eyes (2019). It is slated to premiere on February 19 at 11 p.m. KST as a Friday-Saturday drama, replacing Hush.