Yu Zheng Invites Angelababy to Play “Little Dragon Girl”
After the success of previous works like Palace <宫>and the Beauty <美人係列> series, Yu Zheng (于正) experienced an enormous increase in popularity. Recently he announced that he planned to film a new version of Return of the Condor Heroes <神鵰俠侶>, inciting much discussion among netizens regarding the script and the cast. Yu Zheng shared that he hoped to cast Hong Kong model/actress Angelababy (楊穎) as the female lead, Little Dragon Girl.
Yu Zheng’s first adaptation of a work by wuxia novelist Jin Yong (金庸) was Swordman <笑傲江湖>, which recently finished airing and sparked much controversy due to the modifications made to several of the characters, particularly the antagonist Dongfang Bubai. Netizens familiar with Yu Zheng’s penchant for inserting subversive changes are curious to see how he will handle Return of the Condor Heroes, another of Jin Yong’s well-known novels.
Despite skeptical and sarcastic remarks from netizens, Yu Zheng insists that his adaptation will be faithful to the original work. He also plans to increase the number of scenes that show the main character, Yang Guo, when he is growing up. Some previous adaptations of Return of the Condor Heroes removed these scenes entirely, which Yu Zheng finds strange because doing so would cut out the explanation as to why Zhen Zhibing, one of the senior students of the Quanzhen Sect, falls in love with Little Dragon Girl.
Nevertheless, Yu Zheng’s claim that this adaptation will remain true to the novel may not be entirely reliable, as he also shared that his version of Yang Guo is an evil man, whereas Little Dragon Girl has turned into a hot female teacher, and Huang Rong has become more like she was in the prequel novel, Legend of the Condor Heroes (射鵰英雄傳).
When asked about his ideal cast, Yu Zheng shared that he would like Guo Jing to be played by Hong Kong actor Dicky Cheung (張衛健), and Huang Rong to be played by Taiwanese actress Alyssa Chia (賈靜雯), who is guest starring in his currently filming drama Lian Cheng <連城>. As for the coveted role of the Little Dragon Girl, Yu Zheng said, “Of course, I still hope that it’s Angelababy, but we have to see what her filming schedule is.”
Currently the only confirmed cast member is mainland Chinese actor Chen Xiao (陳曉), who will be playing Yang Guo. It was previously rumored that Yuan Shanshan (袁姗姗), who acted as the female lead in Swordman, would be cast as Guo Fu, Guo Jing and Huang Rong’s oldest child. However, Yu Zheng denied this, saying that if Yuan Shanshan were in the cast, she would definitely play the part of Little Dragon Girl.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.