Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area, Everything We Know

Netflix’s phenomenal series, Money Heist, ended in 2021, yet that doesn’t mean the franchise is over. Following the massive success of the series, Netflix announced a spin-off series focusing on Berlin (Pedro Alonso), and a Korean version of the series set to be released in 2022. The popularity of K-dramas has been increasing since the release of Squid Game, and it has led to a remake of the world-renowned Spanish series.

Netflix’s wildly popular Spanish crime drama La Casa de Papel, also known as Money Heist, is getting a South Korean remake.

Announced in December 2020, the upcoming adaptation promises to breathe new life into the familiar plot of the beloved Spanish series – namely, the heist of the royal mint and the national bank – but with a new setting on the Korean peninsula.

As you wait for the first season of the Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area, here’s everything you need to know about the show so far.

Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area Release Date

Money Heist: Korea
Money Heist: Korea © Netflix

The announcement for the Korean remake of Money Heist was first made in November 2020 but was only revealed further on 1 December 2021. This was revealed in a video featuring Park Hae-Soo, stating that he’ll be portraying Berlin in the Korean adaptation. 

The first part of Monet Heist: Korea is slated for a release on 24 June 2022 as a Netflix exclusive. The announcement of the release date was certainly welcomed by fans of the Money Heist series given that the production was previously delayed due to the pandemic in the Summer of 2021. Money Heist: Korea will be released in a 12-episode format exclusively available on Netflix.

Money Heist: Korea Cast – Who’s In It?

Money Heist: Korea
Money Heist: Korea © Netflix

As shown in the trailer videos, this production will feature a lineup of star actors. Here are the members of the cast that have been revealed so far:

Yoo Ji-Tae as Professor

Park Hae-Soo as Berlin

Jun Jong-Seo as Tokyo

Lee Won Jong as Moscow

Kim Ji-Hun as Denver

Jang Yoon-Ju as Nairobi

Park Jung-Woo as Rio 

Kim Ji-Hun as Helsinki 

Lee Kyu-Ho as Oslo 

Although the members of the group have the same names as the ones in the Spanish version, Jun Jong Seo made sure that the characters will have different personalities. On top of that, Kim Yunjin will portray Seon Woojin and Kim Sung-O will play Cha Moohyuk, the two members of the task force. The hostages Cho Youngmin and Yoon Misun will be played by Park Myung-Hoon and Lee Joobeen respectively.

Money Heist: Korea – Plot Story

Money Heist: Korea
Money Heist: Korea © Netflix

Since the Korean version will be an entirely new interpretation of the original series, it will retain the same main structure as its predecessor. This means that a group of robbers led by The Professor will pull off a complex heist without getting caught. However, as implied by the official title, the plot will revolve around the socio-economic conflict between the two sides of the Korean border in its effort to become a “Joint Economic Area”, with a fictional place located on the border between South Korea and North Korea.

Aside from that, the trailer also explains that the newly-united Korean government will use the Joint Economic Area as a basis for creating a new economy with a new currency. Similar to the original series, the heroic robbers will try to pull off a heist, targeting the newly minted Korean currency. This may be quite exciting as the series will adopt a fresh perspective.

How Many Episodes Will Money Heist: Korea Have?

Money Heist: Korea
Money Heist: Korea © Netflix

The first season will have 12 episodes, each about 1 hour long. Similar to the number of episodes in the first two seasons of the original Spanish series, before Netflix added the third. Season 1 will be divided into two parts, each will consist of 6 episodes.

Where To Watch Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area?

Money Heist: Korea
Money Heist: Korea © Netflix

The upcoming Korean adaptation of Money Heist will be streamed exclusively on Netflix and available to watch globally.

Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area Trailer

Netflix released a teaser trailer on January 18. It starts with the Professor standing in front of the wall carrying some traditional Korean masks and the iconic Salvador Dali masks from Spain. He reached out to select one mask, though the camera moved before the viewer could see which mask was selected.

The teaser then switches to revealing Seon Woojin (played by Kim Yunjin), the head of the Crisis Negotiation team in the control room. The teaser trailer ends with the reveal of each member of the heist and their code names.