‘Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area’: Netflix Debuts First Look at Helsinki in the K-Drama Remake — Red Suit and All

Netflix and Money Heist executive producer Álex Pina have teamed up for a new riveting series for fans. The upcoming Korean drama Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area will feature the same characters as the Spanish original. However, the adaptation will cast Korean actors and take place in South Korea. Fans have seen small teasers of what is in store from the Professor and its main cast. And now, a teaser image for Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area depicts the infamous red jumpsuit and a look at Helsinki.

Actor Kim Ji-Hoon wearing a leather jacket as Helsinki in 'Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area' in black and white photo with other cast members.
Actor Kim Ji-Hoon (L) as Helsinki in ‘Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area’ | via Netflix

What is Netflix’s ‘Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area’ about?

According to Soompi, Pina revealed his excitement over the remake set in the Korean Peninsula. Details of the storyline are yet to be revealed, but Netflix and Pina assure it will follow a similar style to the Spanish original.

Netflix’s Money Heist: Korea stars a coveted cast of actors that will portray the same characters and names from the original. When Park Hae-soo announced his role as Berlin in December 2021, he gave fans a small teaser of what to expect with his character.

In an interview with The Swoon for Squid Game, Park explained how his version of Berlin would differ. “In the original version, Berlin is kind of chic and cold-blooded. He’s on the verge of good and evil. But in the Korean version, Berlin has a good reason to be like that. So, it’ll be completely different,” explained Park. 

For Money Heist: Korea, the Professor, played by Yoo Ji-tae, will gather a group of thieves to rob a bank in South Korea. Netflix released a new still image of a central character and the well-recognized red jumpsuits.

Netflix’s ‘Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area’ still image reveals first look at Helsinki

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On Jan.18, Netflix released its list of upcoming K-dramas for 2022. The anticipated Money Heist: Korea and a teaser image from the drama made the list. While fans have received introductions to the Professor, the new still image reveals a first look at the character Helsinki.

Helsinki is one of the Spanish original’s leading characters who helps rob the Royal Mint of Spain. He is known for his brute and towering physique. According to Soompi, South Korean actor Kim Ji-hoon will play the role. The still image is likely showing the group of thieves holding hostages inside the bank of South Korea.

Helsinki faces four rows of hostages dressed in Money Heist’s iconic red jumpsuits. The character looks indifferent while holding a rifle as one hostage lays on the ground in distress. For the first time, fans get a sneak peek of the set for the upcoming Money Heist: Korea.

Who else stars in the upcoming K-drama remake?

The Korean remake will look to capitalize on the popularity of the original Money Heist. Not only will the remake have an already established fan base, but it will capture the attention of die-hard K-drama fans with its impressive cast list.

Besides Park and Kim as Berlin and Helsinki, Money Heist: Korea also stars Jeon Jong-seo as Tokyo and Lee Won-jong as Moscow. Actor Kim Ji-hoo will play Denver alongside Jang Yoon-joo as Nairobi and Park Jung-woo as Rio. Lee Kyu-ho will play Oslo.

Netflix will release Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area in 2022.

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