|Actor Lee Jung-jea will have a cameo role on the SBS series "Delayed Justice." Yonhap|
By Lee Gyu-lee
Actor Lee Jung-jea will make a guest appearance on the SBS TV series "Delayed Justice," according to the network, Tuesday.
The broadcaster told local news outlets that the actor will briefly appear "as a courtesy for series director Kwak Jung-hwan." He worked with the director on the JTBC series "Chief of Staff," which ran for two seasons in 2019.
In "Delayed Justice," Lee plays lawmaker Jang Tae-jun, his character from "Chief of Staff." SBS said Lee shot the episode Tuesday.
Lee was originally "in final talks" to replace actor Bae Sung-woo as the lead character of "Delayed Justice" ― lawyer Park Sam-soo ― after Bae was axed from the series in early December after being charged with drunk driving.
Bae was reported to have been caught driving drunk in November with a blood-alcohol level high enough to have his license revoked, police said.
The network announced that Bae had been dismissed from the show soon after the charge made the headlines.
The series, which had aired 12 of its 20-episodes run up to Bae's removal, halted production for about three weeks to edit the actor out from filmed episodes and to find a new lead for further episodes.
The role went to Jung Woo-sung when Lee concluded he could not join due to his schedule. Jung will be taking over from episode 17, which is set to air Friday.