Actress Zhou Xun (周迅) will no longer be starring in the upcoming movie All My Life <一生一世>, in order to avoid fanning the flames surrounding her and would-be costar Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒). Her role will instead be filled by mainland Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan (高圓圓).
According to Hong Kong news reports, Zhou Xun had already agreed to act in All My Life before the rumors leaked that she and Nicholas were seeing one another. However, due to her sensitive relationship with Nicholas, she decided to pull out of the project. As a result, the film’s executive producer, Teng Huatao (滕華濤) had no choice but to personally ask Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) to replace Zhou Xun. When Ziyi declined the part, he then turned to Gao Yuanyuan, who accepted the role because she liked the screenplay.
The touching storyline was also Nicholas’s reason for appearing in All My Life. The last time he acted in a romantic movie was more than ten years ago, when he filmed Master Q 2001 <老夫子2001> with his now ex-wife Cecilia Cheung (張柏芝). After the two divorced, Nicholas reportedly received many requests to act in romantic movies, but he turned them all down because the screenplays did not interest him.
It was not until All My Life that he found a romantic storyline worth his time. The love story will span two decades, with the main leads starting around the preteen age and advancing to 30-plus-years-old, and will feature kissing scenes and a few bed scenes. All My Life is scheduled to begin filming in mainland China in October and afterwards in New York.
Zhou Xun’s wish to avoid Nicholas was not the only reason she pulled out of the movie. It was recently revealed that she was offered a part in the TV drama adaptation of Red Sorghum <紅高粱>, which was previously adapted into a film by Zhang Yimou (張藝謀). The drama will be helmed by Zheng Xiaolong (鄭曉龍), the director of Legend of Zhen Huan <後宮甄嬛傳>, and Zhou Xun will reportedly receive 1 million RMB for each episode. With a 50-episode series, she will net 50 million RMB in total, which is ironically the estimated production cost for All My Life and a vastly superior sum to the 6 million RMB pay she would normally receive for filming a movie.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.