After spending two years behind the camera as an executive producer of The Good Doctor, Daniel Dae Kim is now stepping in front of the camera as well. Dae Kim, who is known for his roles in Lost and Hawaii Five-0, will join the cast of ABC’s drama in a recurring role.
The Good Doctor, which is based on a South Korean series of the same name, revolves around Shaun Murphy, a surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, who gets a job at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Dae Kim will play Dr. Jackson Han, who becomes the new chief of surgery at the hospital and whose arrival puts Murphy’s career in danger.
“As a fan of our show, I’m thrilled to be doing a guest arc with such a talented, kind and hard-working cast,” said Kim. “David and I have been looking for the right opportunity and we’ve found a character that’s both dynamic and surprising. It’s an added bonus for my character to be directed by our own Freddie Highmore, who’s proving to be as talented behind the camera as in front of it. it’s been a lot of fun already and I’m excited for the episodes to air.”
Daniel Dae Kim noticed the original South Korean version of the series in 2013 and obtained the rights through his production company. After CBS passed on the opportunity to pick up the show, Dae Kim teamed up with House creator David Shore and produced a pilot for ABC. The network liked the project and ended up giving The Good Doctor a full season order.