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Korean Money Heist: Yoo Ji-tae as Professor for Netflix K-Drama Adaptation of ‘Money Heist’, Read more to know about Cast, Crew Release Date and budget

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Korean Money Heist: Netflix’s hit series Money Heist is now being adapted into a K-Drama and it’s all we ever needed. When Money Heist comes to an end with its fifth season in 2021, fans will be left with a Salvador Dalí mask-shaped hole in their heart. This means fans will be delighted to learn that they can soon experience the magic all over again thanks to Netflix announcing the Korean adaptation of the Spanish crime-drama.

Korean Money Heist: Yoo Ji-tae as Professor for Netflix K-Drama Adaptation of ‘Money Heist’

Money Heist, which first premiered in 2017 was beloved by the 65 million households who watch the series regularly. That is why when they heard that its K-drama version is in the works, everyone was eager to know who the cast members are.

According to Netflix, the upcoming Korean original series will feature film director and fashion model Yoo Ji-tae who is known for his performances in The Swindlers, Money, and Svaha: The Sixth Finger.  Ji-tae will play the role of The Professor, the heist mastermind who always comes up with the most brilliant and indigenous plans.  Korean-American actor Kim Yun-jin has been cast as Seon Woo-jin, the inspector of Task Force Team, probably filling the shoes of Raquel Murillo from the original series. Raquel and the Professor fall in love by the end of the first heist. Yun-jin was seen in Seven Days, Ode to My Father, and Lost Mistresses.

The team that will perform the heist features Park Hae-soo as Berlin, Jeon Jong-seo as Tokyo, Park Jung-woo as Rio, Kim Ji-hun as Denver, Lee Won-jong as Moscow, Jang Yoon-ju as Nairobi, Kim Ji-hun as Helsinki and Lee Kyu-ho as Oslo.

Who is Playing the role of the Professor in Korean Money Heist?

The Professor – Yoo Ji-Tae. fashion model Yoo Ji-tae who is known for his performances in The Swindlers, Money, and Svaha: The Sixth Finger.  Ji-tae will play the role of The Professor, the heist mastermind who always comes up with the most brilliant and indigenous plans. 

Netflix K-Drama Adaptation of ‘Money Heist’: Full Cast

In a recent press release, Netflix has confirmed all of the lead and supporting cast members of Money Heist:

  • The Professor – Yoo Ji-Tae
  • Berlin – Park Hae-Soo
  • Tokyo – Jun Jong-Seo
  • Moscow – Lee Won Jong
  • Denver – Kim Ji-Hun
  • Nairobi – Jang Yoon-Ju
  • Rio – Park Jung-Woo
  • Helsinki – Kim Ji-Hun
  • Oslo – Lee Kyu-Ho

The Task Force

  • Seon Woojin – Kim Yunjin
  • Cha Moohyuk – Kim Sung-O

The Hostages

  • Cho Youngmin – Park Myung-Hoon
  • Yoon Misun – Lee Joobeen
The Korean cast of Money Heist
The cast of Money Heist

The Korean adaptation of Money Heist is set on the Korean Peninsula under the direction of Kim Hong-sun who also directed well-known K Dramas such as Tell Me What You Saw (2020), Liar Game (2014), and the movie The Age of Blood.

Twelve of its episodes will be written by Ryu Yong-jae who was also behind the screenplay of My Holo Love and tvN series Psychopath Diary.

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When will the K-Drama adaptation of Money Heist air?

Netflix has yet to announce the tentative dates for Money Heist’s launch, but the streaming service assured fans that the show will be available globally. 

Set in Madrid, Money Heist follows the story of a mysterious man known as The Professor who recruits a group of eight people to carry out an ambitious plan of entering the Royal Mint of Spain and escaping with tons of money in hand. The first season of Money Heist will have a total of 12 episodes. Each episode will have a runtime of 60 minutes.

Will creator Alex Pina be involved with the K-Drama adaptation?

Judging by the information provided in the announcement, the creator Money Heist, Alex Pina, won’t be involved in the production of the series, but had the following to say about the Korean adaptation:

“Korean creators have been developing their own language and audiovisual culture for years. They have managed, like our series, to go beyond cultural borders and become a point of reference for thousands of viewers around the world, especially among young people. That is why I find it fascinating that the world of La casa de papel is so attractive to Korean creators as to do an adaptation. The fact that the action is set on the Korean Peninsula also seems to me to be a milestone which I am really delighted about.”

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In November last year, Variety reported that the 12-part adaptation will be helmed by Kim Hong-sun, who has directed dramas like The Guest, Voice and Black.

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