JTBC’s upcoming psychological thriller series Monster has found its official leading duo in popular actors Shin Ha-kyun and Yeo Jin-goo.
Monster will tell the story of two fearless men who are willing to go through extreme lengths in their pursuit of a returning serial killer. In the course of uncovering the murderer’s identity, the two are forced to look deeper than what the evidence seems to suggest and constantly question the innocence of all the people involved in the case, including themselves.
Shin Ha-kyun will transform into Lee Dong-shik, a once was capable detective who has been demoted and ends up doing all the menial and tedious work at the Manyang Police Substation. Dong-shik was beginning to lead a peaceful life when Detective Han Joo-won, played by Yeo Jin-goo, is transferred to the same headquarters and becomes his superior. Joo-won is an elite detective whose father is a positive candidate for becoming the next chief at the National Police Agency. However, underneath his admirable qualities and high-societal background, Joo-won carries a long-kept secret with him.
When a gruesome string of killings that resemble unsolved serial-murder cases from 20 years ago shake up their quiet city, Dong-sik and Joo-won decide to join forces to catch the vicious culprit.
Shin Ha-kyun is expected to show the same remarkable performance that he did in Pied Piper (2016), Less than Evil (2018–2019), and Soul Mechanic (2020). On his next role, Shin shared, “I found the script and the character interesting. I’ll try to create a good drama together with the other actors and the production team, so please look forward to it.”
Similarly, Yeo Jin-goo, who is noted for his lead roles in the 2019 series The Crowned Clown, My Absolute Boyfriend, and Hotel del Luna, said, “I was engrossed in the unique story line, which I think sets Monster apart from other dramas in the thriller genre, as well as the realistic characters and captivating flow of emotions. “
Monster will be helmed by director Shim Na-yeon of At Eighteen (2019) and penned by screenwriter Kim Soo-jin of The Light in Your Eyes (2019). Produced by Celltrion Entertainment and JTBC Studios, the drama is slated to premiere in the first half of 2021.
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