Drama

Korean remake of ‘Criminal Minds’ all set for production; Lee Joon Gi still undecided?

By diana / 2017.04.08
Lee Joon Gi in attendance during the premiere of 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' in Japan.

Korean remake of long-running CBS series "Criminal Minds" will start rolling on April 17 for a possible launch in July. However, casting call is still underway despite Lee Joon Gi's participation in the script reading.

A network insider revealed the "Scarlet Heart Ryeo" actor along with Son Hyun Joo and Moon Chae Won attended the table-read on Friday, April 7. Despite this, the source clarified these actors are still undecided on the offer to take part in "Criminal Minds."

"The actors have attended the script reading, and we are currently in the middle of tuning up cast appearances," it said as per Soompi.

The source explained, "We are considering that it is possible for them to leave [the show] depending on the circumstances, and so we are in final negotiations."

Previous reports stated Lee Joon Gi was offered for the lead role in the Korean remake of the CBS show in January. Two months later, the 34-year-old actor has yet to give his final decision on the acting project.

Apparently, the "Scarlet Heart Ryeo" actor admitted he wants to star in romcom series rather than action dramas these days. But despite his desire to explore other genres, Lee Joon Gi admitted he never gets proposal to lead romcom projects.

"I get a lot of hero fantasy projects. Because I've done a lot of action scenes, I think my image as an actor has become set as an action star in the eyes of many," he said on tvN's "My Ear's Candy."

Just like Lee Joon Gi, his label mate Moon Chae Won is still reviewing the offer for "Criminal Minds" role as per Allkpop. If all goes well with the "Good Doctor" actress, she will play the female lead in the Korean remake of the US series.

Reports said the lead role was first offered to Kim Ah Joong, who allegedly turned down the proposal. Unlike initial plans for an entirely pre-produced drama, the "Criminal Minds" production admitted there is a possibility of changing this arrangement along the way.  

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