BY Julie Jones | Apr 17, 2014 11:27 AM EDT
Where do you go after you've ruled an empire? For actor Ji Chang Wook the next step after playing the conflicted Emperor Ta Hwan in "Empress Ki" is starring in a film titled "Two Constables."
It may be hard to imagine the actor without his crown but in his upcoming film he will play a reckless rookie police officer back in the Joseon era. The film is actually a sequel of the "Two Cops" films. "Two Cops" was released in 1993, with the sequel "Two Cops 2" being released in 1996."
This film travels back in time to the Joseon era, showing that while some things have changed, the cop buddy relationship has not. The officer with experience will usually have to reign in his more enthusiastic partner. And he will possibly have to rescue him from his own foolhardy attempts at finding justice.
Ji Chang Wook will play a new police officer, one who is passionate about doing his job. His partner in crime solving will be actor Sol Kyung Gu, who appeared in "Cold Eyes" "Tower" and "Spy." He will play the role of the older more jaded policeman.
Kang Woo Suk, who directed "Fist of Legend" and the "Public Enemy" series," will also direct this film. The director said he sees lots of comic potential in the plot and in the pairing of these two actors.
"I expect a spark like the one in 'Two Cops'," said Kang Woo Suk in a recent interview with Korea JoongAng Daily. "A combination which is more multi-dimensional and humorous can be expected."
The director was asked why he cast Ji Chang Wook alongside a veteran actor such as Sol Kyung Gu.
He said that although Ji Chang Wook is a relative newcomer when compared with Sol Kyung Gu, he has talent and his following in the drama "Empress Ki" will attract positive attention to the film. He also considers the actor very appealing and talented at lighthearted comedy.
Ji Chang Wook has appeared in several dramas, including "Smile Again," Bachelor's Vegetable Store," "Warrior Baek Dong Soo" and "Five Fingers." His last film appearance was in "How To Use Guys: Secret Tips." His convincing portrayal in "Empress Ki" won him many new plans.
"Two Constables" will begin filming in May after the end of "Empress Ki" and the film is expected to have a 2015 release.
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