Little Women star Nam Ji-hyun to play factory girl in Hi Cookie, Lee Dong-wook teams with Connect’s Kim Hye-jun, Jeon Jong-seo eyes romcom – K-drama casting latest
- Money Heist: Korea star Jeon Jong-seo eyes a romantic comedy, while Lee Dong-wook and Connect’s Kim Hye-jun will reportedly star in The Murderer’s Shopping Mall
- Hi Cookie is next for Nam Ji-hyun, who played a determined reporter in Little Women, while second seasons have been confirmed for Big Bet and Shadow Detective
Global streaming giants continue to reshape the K-drama market, snatching up hot stars for several upcoming projects.
Meanwhile, second seasons are becoming increasingly common, and this week a slew of them were announced.
Here’s our latest round-up of Korean drama casting news.
1. Wedding Impossible
The story is about a corporate heir who proposes a sham marriage to unknown actress Oh Ah-dung (Jeong) because he wants to keep his sexuality under wraps.
Things all go swimmingly until she meets her husband-to-be’s younger brother Goo Jung-yeol (Moon), who is overly protective of his sibling.
Shooting for Wedding Impossible, which is based on a web novel by Song Jeong-won, is expected to commence as soon as casting is finalised.
2. Second seasons of The Fiery Priest, Big Bet, and Shadow Detective
Hit SBS drama The Fiery Priest, starring Kim Nam-gil as a Catholic priest with anger management issues, will reportedly return to screens in 2023, four years after it first aired.
The highly anticipated Disney+ crime drama Big Bet, which drops this month, is apparently getting an early renewal, with a follow-up season already confirmed.
3. The Murderer’s Shopping Mall
Lee Dong-wook and Kim Hye-jun will reportedly team up as uncle and niece in the forthcoming drama The Murderer’s Shopping Mall, which is being prepped for a global streaming service.
Based on a novel of the same name by Kang Ji-young, the story will follow a girl who loses her parents and ends up being raised by her uncle, who runs an online shopping mall. One day the uncle dies suddenly and the niece must inform his customers of his untimely death.
The Murderer’s Shopping Mall will comprise eight episodes and is being prepped for release at some point next year.
4. Hi Cookie
Hi Cookie concerns an elite school that becomes overwhelmed by dangerous handmade cookies that make people’s dreams come true. Nam will play Choi Soo-young, a young woman who begins working in a factory as soon as she comes of age in order to provide for her younger sister.
Also joining the cast as Soo-young’s younger sister is Jung Da-bin of Glitch and Extracurricular.
5. Doctor Slump
An Heirs reunion may be on the cards – actors Park Shin-hye and Park Hyung-sik are considering reuniting in the JTBC medical drama Doctor Slump, which follows a pair of doctors who are experiencing a slump and whose lives are in desperate need of resuscitation.
Should she sign on, Park Shin-hye would play Nam Ha-neul, while Park Hyung-sik is being eyed for the role of Yeo Jung-woo. Ha-neul and Hyung-sik live as neighbours on the rooftop of the same building.
The show is expected to air in October next year.