'Money Heist: Korea'— Everything We Know About Netflix's New Spin-Off

Netflix has unveiled more details on the Korean spin-off of Money Heist, the cult Spanish crime drama of the same name (known as La Casa de Papel in Spanish) in a special teaser video, including the title of the new show and the unique mask to be featured in the series.

The original series sees members of a group, who are recruited by a mysterious man known as the "Professor," come together to undertake a grand heist.

The Korean remake—titled Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area—stars Squid Game actor Park Hae-soo (who was contestant no. 218 in the hit Netflix K-drama series) as the "Berlin" character, the older brother of the Professor and second-in-command on the heist team.

The new show aims to "breathe new life" into the original storyline, Netflix said back in March.

Here's everything we know so far about the highly anticipated upcoming K-drama series.

Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area Release Date

Netflix confirmed Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area Part 1, consisting of six episodes, will be released on June 24, 2022. No details about additional episodes in a potential second part or more installments of the series have been revealed.

Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area Plot Details

The upcoming spin-off is set on the Korean peninsula and will follow the same premise as the original series, with a group staging an "unprecedented hostage robbery" in the face of "extraordinary challenges," according to South Korea's Seoul Economic Daily and other Korean media.

In a teaser clip released by Netflix on April 28, members of the heist team clad in the classic red jumpsuits were seen sporting white masks inspired by the traditional Korean Hahoe mask.

According to Netflix, the "bloodstains scattered on one side of the white mask raises yet another question, foreshadowing that this heist will also entail life-threatening overturns."

With close-up shots tracing the curves of the mask, a voice in the clip said: "A robber who steals petty cash either gets killed while being chased or ends up in jail. But a robber who steals on a massive scale can change the world and even become a hero."

Still from Korean remake of "Money Heist".
A still from "Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area Part 1" on Netflix, which is out on June 24, 2022. Netflix

The video later pans to a wide shot of six masked heist members in red jumpsuits, along with one purple-haired member in a black coat and heels—all holding guns within an enclosure. One heist member is then shown pressing a mysterious red "close" button (next to a green "open" button) on a device before the scene blacks out.

"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," the narrator in the clip concludes.

Back in November 2021, Squid Game's Park said the Korean version will also feature a "special mask" that's as unique as the iconic one seen in the Spanish series in a video posted by the official YouTube channel of Money Heist.

Still from Korean remake of "Money Heist".
A still from the upcoming Korean spin-off of "Money Heist," which will see a group of masked thieves stage an unprecedented robbery. Netflix

The special teaser video released by Netflix on January 17 features a collection of different masks, including the Salvador Dali-inspired masks worn by the heist team in the original series.

The teaser video begins with a spotlight on the Professor who is seen standing over a desk. The scene transitions to reveal a wall of different traditional Korean masks used in "talchum" or "talnori"—which are masked dance drama performances that form part of Korean shamanist rites—as well as the mask from the original show.

The Professor is later seen looking at the wall of masks, with his hand seemingly reaching for the Dali-themed one before the scene cuts away. Could this juxtaposition of the Korean masks and the original one be symbolic of a plot crossover between the two series to be played out in the latest remake?

The second half of the title of the Korean series—"Joint Economic Area"—may also be a play on the peninsula's real-life Joint Security Area (JSA), the portion of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where North and South Korean soldiers stand face to face. Perhaps the title of the upcoming series signals a cross-border heist or a plot involving both sides of the Korean border?

Joint Security Area is also the title of a Korean film from 2000, which follows the story of a shooting incident that unfolds between North and South Korean soldiers at the DMZ.

The film stars Parasite actor Song Kang-ho and Squid Game's Lee Byung-hun, the veteran Korean actor who recently played the "Frontman" character in the hit Netflix K-drama.

Lee is also the founder of BH Entertainment, the Korean agency that is co-producing the Korean remake of the Money Heist series.

Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area Cast

In addition to Squid Game's Park, the series stars Yoo Ji-tae, the Korean actor known from several Korean films including Oldboy, as the Professor.

Kim Yunjin—the Korean actress who featured in Lost (the U.S. television series) and various Korean films and K-dramas—plays Seon Woo-jin, the chief of the crisis negotiation team of the National Police Agency.

The Korean remake also stars Jun Jong-seo as "Tokyo." Jun is known from the masterful psychological Korean thriller Burning, starring Minari's Steven Yeun and Yoo Ah-in from the recent hit Netflix K-drama Hellbound.

Still from Korean remake of "Money Heist".
A still from "Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area Part 1" on Netflix. Netflix

Listed below are all the actors who play members of the heist team (each of whom are named after cities, as in the original Spanish drama):

  • Berlin: Played by Park Hae-soo
  • Tokyo: Played by Jun Jong-seo
  • Moscow: Played by Lee Won-jong
  • Denver: Played by Kim Ji-hun
  • Nairobi: Played by Jang Yoon-ju
  • Rio: Played by Lee Hyun-woo
  • Helsinki: Played by Kim Ji-hoon
  • Oslo: Played by Lee Kyu-ho

Update 5/5/22, 3:15 a.m. ET: This article was updated with more information from Netflix.

Still from Korean remake of "Money Heist".
A still from the upcoming Korean remake of "Money Heist" series on Netflix. Netflix