Appearing at the booting ceremony of upcoming historical romance Everlasting Longing <相思令>, leading cast Angelababy (杨颖) and Song Weilong (宋威龍) looks to have great chemistry in a fresh new pairing!
Heat Over Hierarchy of Casting Credits
However, on the eve of the drama’s official cast announcement, rumors erupted on Weibo that it will not take place due to competition among the acting cast. Angelababy had been relegated to second lead in her previous collaboration with Ren Jialun (任嘉倫) in psychological romance Twilight <暮色心約>, as her star appears to have dimmed following her divorce with Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明). A dispute between fans on both sides had then ensued, after which Angelababy’s fan club expressed that they have “tried their best” and admitted to defeat in the “fight”.
However after all the commotion, Everlasting Longing ‘s official cast announcement went ahead in end January as planned, with Angelababy retaining her spot here as the drama’s lead.
However, some are skeptical of the 10-year chasm between the two leads, not helped by unedited photos posted online of the same event, which apparently showed the actress looking dazed with sagging cheeks and stiff facial silhouette. Shocked netizens commented that it is high time Angelababy finds her niche with improved acting chops, as she can’t be playing pretty-face roles continuously.
Based on Chinese writer Xi Juan’s (席絹) novel The Stolen Bride <搶來的新娘>, Everlasting Longing is centered on the gorgeous and intelligent Jun Qi Luo (Angelababy) who disguises as a man for the fifth time to lead a business expedition to Western Xia, but is targeted by robbers along the way. She is captured by nomadic Khitan tribesman Xuan Lie (Song Weilong) who is unaware that he has a woman in captivity instead, setting off a chain of romantic events.