Lee Joon Gi and Kim Ah Joong Offered Lead Roles in Korean Drama Remake of Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi and Kim Ah Joong

Lee Joon Gi news!! Lee Joon Gi (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Goryeo) and Kim Ah Joong (Wanted) have been offered lead roles in the Korean remake of the American TV show Criminal Minds. Criminal Minds is a crime drama about a team of FBI profilers.

Well, let’s get this out of the way first. No matter what drama Lee Joon Gi does, I will watch it, and he will be amazing. But I am a bit conflicted with this offer. On the one hand, I have really been wanting him to to do a modern drama, and I can totally see Lee Joon Gi as a slick agent getting to use some of his action skills.

I do have a few concerns though. Kim Ah Joong did not impress me in her recent drama Wanted. She was so bland that I just have a hard time even picturing her next to someone like Lee Joon Gi.

Remakes have also had a bad track record in Korea recently. And I really want Lee Joon Gi to have a successful drama in his own country. Criminal Minds is also more procedural whereas I prefer serialized shows. Hopefully, the remake would add in a nice overarching story to really make things exciting.

As with all crime dramas, it really comes down to the execution. If the writing and production are good, it could be a thrilling drama. So while I have reservations and would still prefer to see Lee Joon Gi do a romantic comedy, of course I would be completely on board and excited if he signs on. I will be anxiously awaiting more news on this one.

Criminal Minds is looking to air later in 2017 on KBS.

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8 Responses to Lee Joon Gi and Kim Ah Joong Offered Lead Roles in Korean Drama Remake of Criminal Minds

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Okay…this might be interesting. I agree with what you are saying. I myself love continuing stories a lot myself, and prefer them to what I would like to call C.S.I. type shows. That said however Criminal Minds is one of the better shows out there, and I am actually quite a fan of that series. I still have not finished Wanted, and that is partly because of Kim Ah Joongs performance. Still, cautiously optimistic about this one.

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    • Kay says:

      I’ve only seen a couple episodes of Criminal Minds over the years. I do agree it’s a very well made show in the genre. Police procedurals just aren’t my thing though. But add in a nice serialized story to tie the cases together and give me some really good characters, and I will love it. I really hope that’s what they do with this one, especially if Lee Joon Gi signs on. I’m still not thrilled about Kim Ah Joong, but I’ve only seen her in Wanted, so who knows, maybe I’d like her better in something else. So I’ll remain cautiously optimistic too 🙂

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  2. joybran says:

    I have mixed feelings about this news, too, for the same reasons you do, only more so. I hate police procedurals so much I only watched Criminal MInds one time in the past twelve years. That was for the guest psycho of the week, and the regular cast seemed very boring to me. And I found Kim Ah Joong worse than bland in Wanted.

    On the other hand, I love Lee Joon Gi so much, I can watch him without sub-titles even though I don’t understand a word he is saying. His acting is so good I don’t need dialogue to know exactly what he is feeling. I want to see him back on screen as soon as possible, no matter what the genre. Ideally, I would like to see him in a modern action drama next, and this remake could be just that if the Korean version does what kdramas do best instead of sticking to the American TV format of the original.

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    • Kay says:

      Yep, I went from major excitement at the mention of Lee Joon Gi considering a new project to having major reservations. You know I don’t care for police procedurals either. And I prefer serialized shows so much that about the only way I enjoy anything episodic is if it is heavily comedic. Hence why I don’t like procedurals.

      But if they just add in a nice overarching story this could be a great action drama. And I am so hoping that is what they plan on doing. Because if Lee Joon Gi signs on, I’ll be watching no matter what too. Let’s hope this all somehow magically works out for good!

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      • kjtamuser says:

        I agree with both of you, regarding the mixed feelings. Crime dramas are not my favorite genre. Procedural crime dramas are even lower in my ranking, as I find the “crime of the week” often lacking. Though I will watch if a favorite actor is in one.

        Kay, your point about Kim Ah Joong is a concern. I’ve already watched Lee Joon Gi mismatched in the actress department in Scarlet Heart Ryeo where his acting skills out-powered IU by a wide margin. I’d love to see him paired with an equally skilled actress.

        But if Lee Joon Gi takes the series. I will watch.

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        • Kay says:

          Exactly my thoughts. I will only consider a straight procedural crime drama if a favorite actor is in it. But my enjoyment factor would go way up if they add in a nice overarching story.

          Kim Ah Joong is definitely a concern. I’m lucky in that I’ve never been bothered by Lee Joon Gi’s co-stars, but pretty much anyone you stand next to him is outshone by his amazing talent. I think Shin Min Ah was one of the few I thought matched really well with him, but even then he still wins, lol. I’m usually good though if I at least find the actress likable.

          But yes, I will definitely watch if Lee Joon Gi accepts regardless of how anything else plays out.

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