Netflix confirmed in late 2020, the hit Spanish series Money Heist would be getting a Korean drama remake. The series involved a character named the Professor (Álvaro Morte), who gathers a team of skilled thieves to break into the Royal Mint of Spain. The K-drama remake follows a similar story in a different setting. Squid Game actor Park Hae-soo is confirmed in the main cast for the Money Heist K-drama.
Park will play the role of Berlin, played by actor Pedro Alonso in the original series. Netflix has only revealed the drama’s main cast list and a small teaser of Yoo Ji-tae as the Professor during the Tudum event. In an interview with The Swoon for Squid Game, Park gives more insight into his Berlin character.
Everything we know about the ‘Money Heist’ K-drama with Park Hae-soo
According to Soompi, Money Heist executive producer Álex Pina is more than excited for the K-drama. He explains the global phenomenon of Korean content that has transcended boundaries with its “unrivaled composition and culture.” Pina explains his excitement to see how the storyline for Money Heist will take place in the Korean peninsula.
Details of the K-drama storyline have not been revealed, but fans can be assured it follows the same storyline as the beloved Spanish series. The remake will also include the original character played by some of South Korea’s recognized actors. Alongside Park and Yoo, Jeon Jong-seo will play Tokyo, and Lee Won-jong will play Moscow. Soompi reported the complete cast list for the drama.
K-drama fans got a sneak peek of the Professor during Netflix’s Tudum event in Sept. In the events opening sequence, the original Professor needs help with a critical mission. He calls someone perfect for the job. The scene splits in two to show the Professor talking to the Korean version of the Professor. Fans finally got a look at Yoo in the role, complete with a leather jacket, glasses, and tie. A premiere date for the K-drama is not confirmed.
Park Hae-soo explains Berlin differs from the original Spanish series
The cast of Squid Game appeared on The Swoon to promote the drama with a round of Netflix Bingo. The cast had to guess each other’s favorite series on Netflix. Wi Ha-joon admits he got invested watching Netflix because of Money Heist and is a huge fan. The Swoon had the perfect follow-up question and asked Park to confirm he would star in the K-drama remake of the series.
Much like Wi, Park is a huge fan of the Spanish series. Playing the role of Berlin is both exciting yet nerve-wracking for Park. But he gives fans a small teaser into his character. He explains Berlin is more “chic and cold-blooded” in the original series. The character often sways between good and evil.
Park explains Berlin is very different in the K-drama than the original series. Park’s version has a good reason for being cold and swaying into being a villain. Fans will get to see a more human version of Berlin in the remake.
According to Variety, Park shows his excitement and says, “As an actor and as a fan of the series, I want to thank the cast and crew of Money Heist for the great series they have created. We are looking forward to sharing the Korean version of Money Heist with you in 2022.”
Who is Berlin in ‘Money Heist’?
Die-hard fans of Money Heist will understand Berlin’s importance in the Spanish series. K-drama fans who are only aware of the basic storyline of Money Heist might need more details about the controversial character. The character is part of the Professor’s team of thieves, who in actuality is his brother and second-in-command. Berlin is described as a cold, hypnotic, and disturbing character in the series.
Berling has no empathy for others and sees his teammates as his inferiors. There are many words to describe the character, like misogynistic and a snob. In an interview with Le Figaro, Alonso explains his portrayal of the character was based on a chance encounter he had with someone before his audition. The man was alluring and intelligent yet had a manipulative quality. Money Heist’s Berlin had a lot of twists in his storyline and became a beloved character.