Whether the original cast will return for mainland Chinese drama, Bu Bu Jing Xin 2 <步步惊心>, has been an issue tormenting fans for months. Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎), Nicky Wu (吳奇隆), Cecilia Liu (劉詩詩) will be returning for the modern sequel, which is rumored to film in November.
Kevin Cheng’s Salary Multiples
Tabloids leaked that Kevin Cheng’s filming fee will be $400,000 RMB per episode in Bu Bu Jing Xin 2, which will be on par with Nicky Wu’s salary. With the success of the first installment, Kevin’s popularity has soared, allowing him to pocket an increasingly large paycheck. Asked to confirm his filming fee, Kevin replied, “Let’s not talk about it! In the future, I hope to be able to film based on my interest, rather than to film to make a living.”
While involved in mainland’s big-budgeted dramas, Ip Man <葉問> and Bu Bu Jing Xin 2, Kevin is also busily preparing for the opening of his own production company next year. Kevin explained, “Being a producer allows me to film productions that I like, control the script and other details. I’ll try to do my best to have zero complaints!”
With Kevin’s costar, Cecilia Han (韩雪), successfully completing her part in the filming of Ip Man, Kevin will be shortly wrapping up his remaining scenes. He confirmed that he will film Bu Bu Jing Xin 2 immediately afterward.
Chinese Entertainment Shanghai has not officially announced the filming date of Bu Bu Jing Xin 2 yet, although tabloids reported that it will likely start in November.
Nicky Wu: “Money is Not a Problem”
Earlier reports claimed that due to Nicky Wu’s filming fee being too high, Chinese Entertainment Shanghai was almost unable to afford casting him in Bu Bu Jing Xin 2. Afterward, Nicky clarified that he had a special attachment towards the project and the salary would not be an issue.
“Currently, I have received a portion of the script. Many of the cast for Bu Bu Jing Xin 2 are very busy. For my filming fee, I cannot use my current market value to establish. I have a special attachment towards Bu Bu Jing Xin, so I will not completely follow market standards,” Nicky said.
However, Nicky has not been notified of the filming date yet and urged the press to contact the drama producer for details. “They are making the preparations. We have only had preliminary communication and I cannot supply [the filming date].”
Cecilia Liu replied, “We will film Bu Bu Jing Xin 2 at year-end.”
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