Retired screen siren, 45-year-old Veronica Yip (葉玉卿), has agreed to star in Lunar New Year film, I Love Hong Kong 2013 <我愛HK2013恭喜發財>. After marrying wealthy businessman, Jeffrey Wu (胡兆明) in 1996, Veronica moved to New York and retired from acting.
Since last year, film producers were eager to invite Veronica to act again, but did not know how to reach her. When Veronica’s good friend, Sandra Ng (吳君如) urged her to film again while visiting her in the United States, Veronica expressed interest. Through the assistance of Virginia Lok (樂易玲), Shaw Brothers managed to persuade Veronica to verbally agree to film I Love Hong Kong 2013.
In the new film, Veronica has been invited to star as Alan Tam’s (譚詠麟) wife. The younger version of the couple will be portrayed by Kate Tsui (徐子珊) and Bosco Wong (黃宗澤). The story will take place in the 1970s until modern times, in which Veronica/Kate’s character will be a strong-willed, independent woman who runs away from home in reaction to her father’s coercive ways. Alan/Bosco will portray a restaurant entrepreneur who experiences financial turbulence.
I Love Hong Kong 2013 is produced by Eric Tsang (曾志偉), who has consistently churned out blockbusters over the Lunar New Year time frame. The film also stars Joyce Cheng (鄭欣宜), Michael Tse (謝天華), Nat Chan (陳百祥), Eric Tsang, the members of the Winners band , Fung Sui Fan (馮淬帆), and several TVB artists.
Veronica admitted that she had verbally accepted the filming offer, but did not officially sign any agreements. She will have to weigh how the filming schedule will affect her three children. “My eldest daughter, Victoria, has been crying since she found out that I have to go back to Hong Kong to film. She is too clingy. My two sons were okay. I am more concerned about my daughter, since I cannot let go. I asked Shaw Brothers to not announce so soon and let me consider for several more days. Now, I’m pushed to accept!”
If Veronica does film for I Love Hong Kong 2013, she will likely shoot for the movie in December, the time when she normally visits her 89-year-old mother and other relatives in Hong Kong.
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