Since its first episode’s release in 2017, Money Heist, otherwise known as La Casa de Papel, has grown in popularity to become one of Netflix’s most-watched shows of all time. Clearly, the leading streaming platform is aware of that, so while season 5 is the last of the saga, there are several initiatives to keep the Money Heist world going. Since the main plot of Money Heist has come to an end, Netflix sees spinoffs as a way to continue the surrounding hype of the show’s characters. For example, according to several entertainment outlets, one of Money Heist‘s spinoffs will be entitled Berlin, revolving around the main character’s life story. More unexpected, however, is the Money Heist Korea spinoff that has just been officially announced.
The Money Heist Korea remake was teased in December of 2020. It is only after a year, however, that the complete title was disclosed. As seen in Netflix’s official trailer of the series, the upcoming show will be titled Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area. From the title alone, we can expect a possible mix of fictional and non-fictional elements of the economic status in Asia, which should be very interesting to watch. It will be interesting to see how this version would capitalize on the specific cultural and political landscape found in Korea which will surely entice Kdrama fans as well as those who loved the original Spanish version.
Clearly, Netflix was not limited by their budget for casting as they have managed to cast a star-studded group. Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area will feature Yoo Ji-tae (from Healer and Mad Dog) as the Professor, who is the mastermind behind the heist. A more familiar face is Park Hae-soo, who starred in Squid Game as he portrays Berlin. The rest of the cast includes Jun Jong-Seo (from The Call and Burning), who will take on the role of the mischievous Tokyo, while Lee Won-Jong takes on the role of Moscow. Moscow’s son, Denver, will be played by Kim Ji-hoon (from Flower Of Evil), and lastly, Nairobi will be portrayed by model Jang Yoon-ju (from Korea’s Next Top Model).
While the cast of characters boasts the exact same names from the original Money Heist, they will not share the same personalities. Jun Jong-Seo has gone on record to reveal this:
“It has the same name and completely different personality and character adaptation. The thieves robbing the bank are the main characters, but there are inevitable humanities in it,”
Money Heist Korea: Initial Thoughts
While the remake of one of Netflix’s top series into a similar plot for another region of the globe has pretty much never been done before, we can only expect the best from the consistent show producer. Originally, Spanish served as the native tongue of the characters within the show. Now, it will most definitely be Korean, and we are very excited to see how Netflix will manage to inject Korean culture into the plot and characters as well. Not much has been revealed about the exact plot of this version and if it will be a direct translation of the original or if it will occur in a shared space as the Spanish version. Only time will tell how everything will unfold in this version of Money Heist but it is clear however that Netflix is making sure that fans of both Kdramas and of Money Heist will be pleased with this endeavor.
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