Park Shi Hoo Replaced By Um Ki Joon as Male Lead for “Golden Cross”
Unfortunately, actor Park Shi Hoo will not be returning to dramas with KBS 2TV’s “Golden Cross.”
His agency had previously announced that they were going to meet with the drama staff of “Golden Cross” and that Park Shi Hoo had been positively looking over the script. If Park Shi Hoo had joined the cast, he would have played the role of Kang Do Yoon, a detective who sticks to the motto, “If you think it’s unfair, then succeed.”
Later on February 28, the “Golden Cross” drama staff and Park Shi Hoo’s agency announced, “The casting decision was not finalized from the beginning and the press release came out early. Park Shi Hoo will not in fact be acting in ‘Golden Cross.’”
They also commented, “While it is true that there [Park Shi Hoo] had considered the possibility of joining the cast, there was no confirmation or decision reached from the discussion regarding it. It is regretful that the press announced it as though he had already been cast.”
They added, “Park Shi Hoo’s star quality as a Hallyu star is undeniable when you look at all of his previous works. We positively considered casting him for his impressive acting skills, but it was not easy syncing everyone’s schedules. Out of respect for Park Shi Hoo’s courteous decline for the offered role, we came to a final decision.”
“Golden Cross” drama staff also announced who would be taking the role initially offered to Park Shi Hoo by a drama staff member.
Park Shi Hoo’s agency also stated, “[Park Shi Hoo] wishes to return the love he’s received from fans through a good project. Please continue to look fondly upon Park Shi Hoo and thank you for waiting.”
On February 28, “Golden Cross” drama reps told Daily Sports over the phone, “Um Ki Joon has been confirmed to appear on ‘Golden Cross.’ The staff and Um Ki Joon had a verbal agreement and the only thing left to do is have him sign the contract.” Um Ki Joon will be accepting the lead role and play opposite of Lee Shi Young.
Ever since Park Shi Hoo’s scandal one year ago, he has been on a hiatus.
“Golden Cross” will be filmed in March and then air in April.