Netflix has just shared the first look trailer for Money Heist: Korea, but what date will the new adaptation release worldwide and who has been cast?

There is no doubt about it, the Spanish title ‘Money Heist’ is one of the most popular original series to be streaming on Netflix.

So, it is no surprise that production companies from around the world are looking towards the series and coveting its success.

The good news for fans of K-dramas and the Money Heist franchise is that the series is getting a South Korean adaptation!

Money Heist | Series Trailer | Netflix

Money Heist | Series Trailer | Netflix

Money Heist is getting a South Korean remake…

In June 2020, two months after Money Heist season 4 premiered on Netflix, it was reported by Naver News that the series was to receive a South Korean remake with BH Entertainment.

Later that year, Naver News added that the new adaptation had received the greenlight from Netflix, with Kim Hong-sun as the director and Ryu Yong-jae as the scriptwriter. The article also reported that the series had a temporary title of ‘House of Paper’.

The new version is expected to follow the storyline of the original series, with cultural and language changes being made to better fit the Korean setting.  

“The Korean version of ‘House of Paper’ is set to depict the process of a genius strategist and robbers with different personalities and abilities in an unprecedented hostage robbery against extraordinary variables set in the Korean Peninsula.” – Naver News.

However, on January 18th 2021, Netflix shared the first preview trailer for the series, confirming the title to be ‘Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area.

What date will Money Heist: Korea release?

At the time of writing, a specific release date has not been shared for the 12-episode South Korean adaptation of Money Heist, aka Joint Economic Area.

The only official information on the potential premiere window comes from the recently shared title announcement trailer – see below. Both in the trailer and the promotional material have labelled the series as “Coming Soon.”

However, What’s On Netflix has reported that the series is likely to premiere in the second half of 2022, around October or November.

This is based on the view that production on ‘Joint Economic Area’ has already started, with filming starting over Summer 2021 in Seoul.

Alex Pina, the creator of the original Money Heist, has said that the prospect of re-creating the series in South Korea excites him.

“Korean content has captivated viewers all over the world across borders, just like ‘House of Paper’, through its unique composition and culture over the past few years.” From the side, I was fascinated by the potential of the Korean version of ‘House of Paper’.” – Alex Pina, via Naver News.

Who has been cast so far?

On March 30th 2021, Netflix released an official press statement on the upcoming Korean version of Money Heist, confirming the main cast.

The following actors and actresses will make up the infamous ‘Gang’ from the original series:

  • Yoo Ji-tae as Professor
  • Jeon Jong-seo as Tokyo
  • Park Hae-soo as Berlin
  • Lee Won-jong as Moscow
  • Kim Ji-hun as Denver
  • Jang Yoon-ju as Nairobi
  • Lee Hyun-woo as Rio
  • Kim Ji-hun as Helsinki
  • Lee Kyu-ho as Oslo

Kim Yun-jin and Kim Sung-oh will feature as members of The Task Force, with Park Myung-hoon and Lee Joo-bin featuring as two of the hostages.

Other cast members revealed include Lim Ji-yeon, Lim Hyeong-guk and Lee Si-woo, but the associated characters have not been confirmed.

This article will be updated as soon as more information on the South Korean adaptation of Money Heist ‘Joint Economic Area’ has been shared.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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