Today it was announced that 2PM‘s Chansung has been cast in the upcoming midnight drama “Kaito Royale” (TBS), his first regular role in a Japanese drama.
“Kaito Royale” is a live-action adaption of a popular social game on Mobage, where players are able to become different types of phantom thieves and collect treasures. With the announcement of the dramaone month ago, we’ve already learned that actor Matsuzaka Tori is going to disguise himself as an intelligent thief, actress Omasa Aya as a sexy thief, and actor Fukushi Seiji a technically gifted thief.
The ‘skilled type’ actually isn’t part of the game and so fans and players were curious whether the strong, ‘macho type’ would make into the drama as well. Today, TBS finally announced that there indeed will be a macho thief named Jack, and that he is going to be played by 2PM’s Chansung. Being a trained martial artist with high ranks in Taekwondo and Kumdo, he sure seems to fit into the role well.
Chansung commented, “I hope you will not only remember me as a singer, but also as Chansung the actor.” Furthermore he added, “I’m still in the process of improving my Japanese, but I want to tackle the role of ‘Jack‘ with all my strength.”
As he stated in his comments, he might not yet impress people with his Japanese, but it’s said that he has already left the actors’ martial-arts teacher dumbfounded, when he demonstrated his Taekwondo skills on the set.
He also already won over the heart of the producer of the show, who commented, “The action scenes with Chansung are the highlights of the drama. I’m a guy, but even I think that he’s cool.”
Together with the announcement of Chansung’s role, TBS also revealed that Maya Kyoko, Sasaki Nozomi, and Shimojo Atomu are going to take part in this drama.