Since her marriage in 2015 and becoming a mother, Cecilia Liu Shishi (刘诗诗) has slowed down her work schedule to dedicate time to her family. Selective in picking projects to star in, Cecilia surprisingly agreed to star in wuxia A Journey to Love <一念關山> alongside rising actor Liu Yuning (刘宇宁).
A Journey to Love is a high-budgeted production planned to begin filming in mid-August. It will be directed by Zou Xi (鄒曦) who worked on Ultimate Note <終極筆記>, and written by screenwriter Zhang Wei (張巍) whose credits include A Dream of Splendor <夢華錄>. While the full plot has yet to be unveiled, Shishi is said to be portraying a capable warrior skilled in martial arts and literary arts.
Shishi’s Fans Lament Over Male Lead Casting
Despite being a well-financed project with a strong production team, there are speculations that Shishi is being used to help promote younger rising star Yuning. The actor had grown in popularity after The Long Ballad <長歌行> and singing drama theme songs. While he shows promising talent, fans still do not consider him to be in the same league as Shishi.
“Shishi’s past co-stars were all A-list caliber–what happened now? Not trying to say Liu Yuning isn’t good, but the difference between her past and current co-star is just too great,” viewers complained . Some felt Shishi’s fame had already peaked, ”She may no longer be able to achieve the same success as Scarlet Heart <步步驚心>.”
While there are some complaints over the casting of Yuning, others point out that his commercial value has greatly skyrocketed. In addition, A Journey to Love is a heroine-focused drama, so there will be less emphasis on the male lead’s screen time.
Source: Up Media
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