Ji Chang Wook turns down appearance on remake of French original drama The Mantis

Samdalri actor Ji Chang Wook's agency announced that he has declined the opportunity to play the lead role in The Mantis. Actress Go Hyun Jung is being considered for the female lead role.

Updated on Jan 15, 2024  |  03:26 PM IST |  154.1K
Ji Chang Wook: courtesy of Spring Company
Ji Chang Wook: courtesy of Spring Company
Key Highlight
  • Ji Chang Wook is currently appearing in Welcome to Samdalri
  • If accepted he would have appeared alongside Go Hyun Jung

Actor Ji Chang Wook declined an invitation to join the cast of the upcoming drama The Mantis due to scheduling conflicts. A spokesperson from his agency, Spring Company, confirmed this on January 9, stating, “Ji Chang-wook did receive an offer for 'Praying Mantis,' but he turned it down due to scheduling misalignment.”

Ji Chang Wook received the lead role for The Mantis

Earlier today, Ten Asia reported that Ji Chang Wook had been selected for a role in The Mantis and would collaborate with actress Go Hyun Jung. According to the online portal’s report, Ji Chang Wook was set to play the male lead in the upcoming series The Mantis. This thriller unravels as a woman, previously incarcerated as a serial killer, discovers someone initiating a series of murders emulating her methods. The Mantis is a remake of the French original drama released on Netflix in December 2017, gaining significant attention. 


Previous speculation hinted at Go Hyun Jung being considered for the leading role in the Korean adaptation of The Mantis. The project is a collaborative effort between Merry Christmas and Megamonster, with plans for full-scale production within the year. 

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More about Ji Chang Wook and his current drama

Ji Chang Wook, a South Korean actor and singer, pursued performing arts at Dankook University and completed his military service from August 14, 2017, to April 27, 2019. Beginning in musical theater, he made his onscreen debut in the 2006 film The Days. In 2011, he earned the Excellence Award, for actor in a Daily Drama at the KBS Drama Awards for Smile, Dong Hae and the Excellence Award in a Special Project.

Drama at the 2013 MBC Drama Awards for Empress Ki. He received the Best Actor honor at the Asia Artist Awards in 2019.

Acknowledged with Best New Actor at The Musical Awards in 2013 for his role in The Days, Ji Chang Wook currently garners acclaim as the lead in the JTBC drama Welcome to Samdali. Portraying Jo Yong Pil, a steadfast forecaster at the Jeju Meteorological Agency, he plays a natural-born healer in the drama, providing comfort to Samdal (played by Shin Hye Sun), his distressed soulmate, and offering warmth, emotion, and excitement to the viewers.

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ALSO READ: Welcome to Samdalri Episode 11 and 12 Review: Ji Chang Wook and Shin Hye Sun rekindle love amid intense drama

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