[HanCinema's News] "Suriname" Confirmed for Netflix as Casting Resumes
By William Schwartz | Published on
The crime thriller "Suriname" has resumed production. The latest project from director Yoon Jong-bin of "The Spy Gone North" had to be suspended indefinitely last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prestige project, intended for tvN, had ambiguous prospects for a restart when last year's "Hush" underperformed expectations for jTBC despite featuring major stars Hwang Jung-min and Yoona in the leading roles. "Suriname" likewise has Hwang Jung-min and Ha Jung-woo as the leads.
"Suriname" is known to be about a man played by Ha Jung-woo assisting a national security investigation for the sake of taking down a drug lord. Details beyond that have been scarce. Hwang Jung-min had been confirmed as the drug lord. Recent news reports have also named Jo Woo-jin, Yoo Yeon-seok, Park Hae-soo, and Choo Ja-hyun as supporting cast. However, no specific names or occupations were attached to any of these roles in the report claiming their involvement.
Additionally, Netflix has claimed that the final lineup is not yet confirmed beyond the two leads. They declined to comment on whether the date of April given for the start of filming was also unconfirmed. In any case, the need for Netflix to comment at all on "Suriname" appears to confirm that the drama has been signed up for the international streaming platform. It remains unknown when "Suriname" may see an actual release.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.