Extraordinary Attorney Woo


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have come across Extraordinary Attorney Woo one way or another. The legal drama follows lawyer Woo Young-woo, who has autism. It’s been sweeping the Top 10 chart on Netflix globally, so here are 9 facts that will give you a better insight into the drama.


1. The director waited 1 year to cast Park Eun-bin 


Extraordinary Attorney Woo - The director waited 1 year to cast Park Eun-bin
Isn’t she lovely~
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Did you know that the drama was originally scheduled to air in 2021, but the first episode only premiered in 2022 due to casting reasons? 

The production team was adamant about casting actress Park Eun-bin as they believed she was the perfect fit for the protagonist role of Woo Young-woo. 

Extraordinary Attorney Woo - production team was adamant about casting actress Park Eun-bin as they believed she was the perfect fit for the protagonist role of Woo Young-woo
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In addition, the production team put a lot of thought into the casting process because they knew how the nuance of the drama would change depending on how the actress portrayed the main character. 

Without having other actresses in mind as a Plan B, the production team tried to cast Park Eun-bin multiple times. However, the actress refused their offer due to the pressure of taking on the role.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo - Despite several rejections on Park Eun-bin’s part, the production team insisted on waiting - for 1 year
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Despite several rejections on Park Eun-bin’s part, the production team insisted on waiting – for 1 year. 

Moved by their unwavering dedication to the drama and belief in her, Park Eun-bin finally accepted the offer, and we’re beyond glad that she did. 


2. Immense drama production costs


Extraordinary Attorney Woo - immense productions costs, particularly due to high calibre CG
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Those who’ve watched at least an episode of the drama would have noticed the high calibre of production.

It’s not surprising that a substantial amount of investment was put into creating this work of art.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo - high quality CG of whales
Video adapted from: Netflix 

Young-woo, the protagonist, has a penchant for whales, and they are an important motif in the drama.

The jaw-dropping use of CG impressed many viewers, and the production team was lauded for creating such elaborate scenes. 

Extraordinary Attorney Woo - Koo Kyo-hwan as a cameo
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Besides the state of the art visual content, immense costs also went into casting numerous cameos such as actor Koo Kyo-hwan.

Reportedly, it cost 20 billion won to produce the extraordinary drama.


3. Woo Young-woo’s character was inspired by a real person


Extraordinary Attorney Woo - Woo Young-woo’s character was inspired by a real person
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The main character, Woo Young-woo, was partially inspired by a real-life person named Temple Grandin.

Known as a professor of animal science and an American scientist, Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism during her adulthood. 

She played an indispensable role in academia and society by breaking down the stigma of individuals with autism. 


4. Some of the legal cases were based on real life 


Extraordinary Attorney Woo - Woo to the Young to the Woo!
Woo to the Young to the Woo!
Video adapted from: Axistro

Some of the legal cases in the drama are based on true stories, and were even published by actual lawyers who were in charge of the cases. 

For instance, the Lottery Case in episode 11 was published in lawyer Cho Woo-sung’s essay. 

However, there are differences between the real-life case and what was portrayed in the drama. In episode 11, three people purchased the lottery ticket. But in reality, there were four people involved in the case. 

Extraordinary Attorney Woo - the production team borrowed the format of an employment application form from a large law firm in Korea
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Here’s a fun fact: the production team borrowed the format of an employment application form from a large law firm in Korea. You can spot this form in the first episode. 


5. Korea’s best underwater photographer’s work was featured 


Extraordinary Attorney Woo - The ending scene of episode 4
The ending scene of episode 4.
Image adapted from: Netflix 

At the end of episode 4, Woo Young-woo and Lee Jun-ho gaze at a black-and-white photograph of a whale. 

Extraordinary Attorney Woo - An enormous humpback whale shot by the amazing Chang Nam-on
An enormous humpback whale shot by the amazing Chang Nam-on.
Image credit: @namon_chang

This photograph was taken by Chang Nam-on, also known as the best whale photographer in South Korea. 

You may be wondering why the photograph was displayed in black and white instead of accentuating the splendour of the whale underwater.

According to the photographer, the contrast between black and white helps viewers to better focus on the body and shape of the whale.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo - illustration of the ending scene of episode 4
Image credit: @netflixkr


6. Turned into a webtoon 


Extraordinary Attorney Woo - the drama turned into a webtoon
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Webtoon fans will be thrilled to know that Extraordinary Attorney Woo was recently turned into a webtoon, and the first chapter was released on 27th July!

A new chapter is released every Thursday, and there will be 60 chapters in total. This series includes stories from the drama, as well as new elements exclusive to the webtoon. 

Extraordinary Attorney Woo - webtoon poster
Image credit: Astory 

Currently, the webtoon is only available in Korean, but fret not as it will be translated into several languages including English, Japanese, and Chinese. 

Keep an eye out for the release of the translated series on Naver Webtoon’s global platform


7. A mural of the drama went viral 


Extraordinary Attorney Woo - Kang Tae-oh with the mural of the drama
*Screams internally* – iykyk.
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On 25th June, the cafe street of Seongsu-dong in Seoul was more vibrant than usual thanks to the collaboration between KT, a South Korean telecommunication company, and Y, a digital platform for the youths.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo - mural of the drama at Seongsu-dong
Image credit: Y 

These two brands collaborated to create a masterpiece – a mural dedicated to the drama. 

Extraordinary Attorney Woo - Extraordinary Attorney Woo - Kang Tae-oh with the mural of the drama
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Alas, the beautiful illustrations were only on the wall till 24th July.

Kang Tae-oh, the actor who played Lee Jun-ho in the drama, visited the street to take a look at the mural for himself.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo - Pentagon’s Shinwon against the mural
Pentagon’s Shinwon against the mural.
Image adapted from: @goprofashional

Extraordinary Attorney Woo is gaining traction on the Internet and among celebrities as well, and stars such as Pentagon’s Shinwon took a picture with the mural. 


8. Viewership increased drastically 


Extraordinary Attorney Woo - the adorable cast
The adorable trio.
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The unceasing craze for Extraordinary Attorney Woo wasn’t achieved right from the beginning. In fact, the first episode garnered a viewership rating of 0.9%. 

Perhaps it’s the power of word of mouth, but the 5th episode’s viewership rating rose to 9.1%. The highest thus far was 15.8% for the 9th episode.


9. Premiered on a new cable channel called ENA 


Extraordinary Attorney Woo - drama poster
Image credit: Namu Wiki

Channels such as KBS, SBS, and MBC will be familiar to fans of K-dramas, but ENA may be a first to many.

ENA was initially known as skyTV, a subsidiary of the Korean telecommunication company KT. 

In April 2022, skyTV was rebranded as ENA, which is derived from “Entertainment” and “DNA”. Thanks to the drama, ENA has been experiencing an increase in brand awareness.


Extraordinary Attorney Woo facts that will enthral you 


This legal drama takes a sensitive approach to addressing uncomfortable issues that are seen as a hot potato in our society. We hope this article has convinced you to give the drama a shot if you haven’t already. 

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Cover image adapted from: Namu Wiki, @funnybluemoon and @namooactors

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