Originally Wong Cho Lam (王祖藍) was scheduled to start filming for a wuxia comedy, but he officially declined the new drama due to his new role as TVB’s Creative Director. Stepping in for Cho Lam in Your Highness, The Hooligan <痞子殿下> is Kalok Chow (周嘉洛) in his first leading role.
Since winning 2019 TVB Best Supporting Actor for his standout performance in Come Home Love: Lo and Behold <愛回家之開心速遞>, the 25-year-old has been expected to take on more significant roles in mainstream dramas. Kalok’s chance finally came this year when Cho Lam was unable to film Your Highness, The Hooligan due to schedule conflicts.
Taking a hiatus from Lo and Behold, Kalok has started martial arts training classes to prepare for his new role. Alongside co-stars Jeannie Chan (陳瀅), Brian Chu (朱敏瀚),JW (王灝兒), and Mayanne Mak (麥美恩), Kalok was seen practicing his kung fu and sword fighting skills. As TVB rarely filmed wuxia series in recent years, the artistes did not have a lot of experience with martial arts and had to learn the skills quickly in the training classes.
With many hilarious images in Your Highness, the Hooligan, Kalok laughed that his antics will rival his performance in Lo and Behold. Mayanne has a lot of fighting scenes in the drama, and she will be pursuing Hugo Ng (吳岱融). Singer JW did not find the martial arts training class to be too difficult as she has a dancing background.
Filming for the drama has already started in the Islands District. With many outdoor and fighting scenes, the cast has been sweating under their heavily-layered historical costumes in the 90-degree weather. Though this is her first historical drama, Jeannie is not too concerned about the challenges ahead, as she is used to working under harsh conditions.
When the casting was first announced, the female leads included both Jeannie and Sisley Choi (蔡思貝), but the latter has since dropped out of the drama due to schedule conflicts. Jeannie shared that changes in casting are very common, and details are usually finalized right before filming.
This article is written by Kiki and Jayne for JayneStars.com.