“Ip Man” TV Drama Asks Fans for Casting Decisions
New television drama, Ip Man <叶问>, is one of the most high-profile projects announced in mainland China this year. Vincent Zhao (赵文卓) was reportedly invited to appear in the Ip Man TV drama. In addition, the production team of the drama has reached out to fans in the Weibo community, asking for casting suggestions!
Netizens were excited by the upcoming Ip Man TV drama. Fans suggested that Han Geng (韩庚), Wu Chun (吴尊), Wallace Chung (钟汉良) and Wallace Huo (霍建华) be considered for roles in the drama. The production team of the Ip Man TV drama promised to consider fans’ casting suggestions, in order to create a martial arts series that would satisfy the taste of young audiences!
Vincent Zhao Praises “Ip Man” TV Drama Script
In May, it was reported that Vincent Zhao was invited to appear in the Ip Man TV drama. Vincent later denied the news. Director Fan Xiaotian (范小天) indicated on Weibo that Vincent Zhao had read and praised the TV drama’s script for its “majestic atmosphere and superb level of detail.” Vincent’s praise led to the speculation that his participation in the Ip Man TV drama was highly possible, although final casting decisions have not been announced yet.
Unlike other martial arts series which focused on fulfilling only adrenaline rushes, the Ip Man TV drama aims to portray the makings of a true hero. It will present the story from the perspective of martial artist, Ip Man, while living in a turbulent era.
Director Fan explained, “We intend to create a new era of martial arts. Through the perspective of one person facing a turbulent era, he continuously seeks answers to questions in life. Finally, he (Ip Man) was able to become a great martial arts master.”
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Jayne: The fans have suggested some good choices for the male cast, such as Han Geng, Wu Chun, Wallace Chung, and Wallace Huo.
I would like to see Wu Chun in more action roles as he possesses an intensity that fits martial arts roles quite well. Saw Wu Chun in “My Kingdom” and while the movie did come across as “popstar meets opera-martial arts,” he is still very promising.