Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) and Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) are confirmed to be starring in the upcoming TVB crime thriller Eye in the Sky <天眼>, produced by Fong Chun Chiu (方駿釗). Production will begin this May. The drama was first introduced at TVB’s 2014 Sales Presentation last November in the format of a pre-filmed trailer.
One of the station’s highest-earning actors in mainland China, TVB executive Virginia Lok (樂易玲) immediately called back Kevin to return to Hong Kong to help TVB hold the fort as the station battles with the Hong Kong television competition against HKTV. Kevin reportedly had to turn down two mainland Chinese drama offers worth 25 million RMB in order to film the drama.
After starring in the hit series Bu Bu Jing Xin <步步驚心> and Ghetto Justice <怒火街頭> in 2011, Kevin immediately shot to unprecedentedly popularity levels and changed his career focus to shooting mainland Chinese dramas, in which he earned at least 500,000 RMB per episode. According to reports, Kevin was scheduled to film a mainland Chinese martial arts drama in the first half of 2014, and then film another mainland Chinese drama in July, but the TVB-managed actor had to clear his schedule in order to make room for Eye in the Sky, reportedly losing 25 million RMB in the process.
The 44-year-old actor, however, does not seem it is a loss. Currently suffering from a knee injury, Kevin said his return to Hong Kong has allowed him sufficient time to recuperate. Kevin confirmed his casting in the new TVB drama in a phone interview several days ago, and said, “Money is not the most important, but health and happiness. Recently I have time to do physical therapy for my right leg.”
Eye in the Sky will be Kevin and Ruco’s first collaboration together as lead stars. Their last dramas together was in 2009’s Burning Flame 3 <烈火雄心3> and 2011’s Only You <Only You只有您>.
Source: Oriental Daily
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.