As if Netflix’s summer release schedule wasn’t already full enough, the streaming giant has revealed that the highly anticipated Korean remake of Money Heist will be released just in time to join the lineup.
The first teaser trailer for Netflix’s Korean version of the Spanish crime drama, Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area Part 1, has been unveiled, with the show set to launch on June 24, 2022.
La Casa de Papel, often known as Money Heist in English, was a Netflix original series that aired for five seasons before finishing in December 2021. The drama followed a misfit gang of criminals as they pulled off two large-scale, sophisticated robberies at the Royal Mint of Spain and the Bank of Spain. With its distinctive theme song and costumes, the series became an international hit and soon established its place in popular culture.
The iconic heist clothes are given a distinctive twist in the first poster for Money Heist: Korea. Netflix published a teaser title and cast announcement in January 2022, depicting the Professor selecting a mask from a wall of masks.
The same red coverall jumpsuits as the Spanish protagonists are seen in the first full look at the new series, but instead of Salvador Dal masks, the Korean heist crew will wear traditional Korean Hahoe-inspired masks.
The revival will follow a similar plot to the original, but will be “set in a hypothetical Joint Economic Area, in a world where the Korean Peninsula faces reunification,” according to Netflix.
Per Variety, the synopsis for the series reads as follows: “Money Heist: Korea takes place as North and South Korea are on the verge of a peaceful reunification after nearly 80 years of division. But as the nations prepare to print a brand-new unified currency, a heist is hatched. A genius strategist known as the Professor assembles a motley crew of top-tier thieves from north and south in an attempt to steal the new currency straight from the mint.”
Professor (played by Yoo Ji-tae), Berlin (Park Hae-soo, best known for his work on Squid Game), Tokyo (Jun Jong-seo), Moscow (Lee Won-jong), Denver (Kim Ji-hun), Nairobi (Jang Yoon-ju), Rio (Lee Hyun-woo), Helsinki (Kim Ji-hoon), and Oslo (Kim Ji-hoon) will also appear in the remake (Lee Kyu-ho).
In the new teaser trailer, a voice-over (who we assume to be the heist team leader, the Professor) makes a bold, foreboding statement: “A robber who steals petty cash either gets killed after being chased or ends up in jail. But a robber who steals at a massive scale can change the world and even become a hero. Of all the money heists, we’ll pull off the biggest one yet. The public will watch this greatest show on earth live. And they will root for us.”