Hong Kong TVB pilot drama, Triumph in the Skies <衝上雲宵>, was a big hit when it was released in 2003. For many years, TVB had intended to film a sequel without success. Cathay Pacific Airlines refused to sponsor the filming of the sequel; thus TVB sought out Hong Kong Airlines’ help. The casting for the series was also a difficult process. According to Ming Pao Weekly, Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) and Chilam Cheung (张智霖) were still discussing the filming details. It has been decided that Raymond Lam (林峰) and Bosco Wong (黃宗澤) will not act in Triumph in the Skies 2.
At last year’s sales presentation clip for Triumph in the Skies 2, both Raymond Lam and Bosco Wong appeared in the video footage. Since filming was scheduled to take place in May 2012, this will conflict with Raymond and Bosco’s schedules. Raymond had two upcoming movie projects and Bosco had a mainland Chinese drama to film at that time. As Triumph in the Skies 2 already had a star-studded cast with numerous leads, TVB decided to let Raymond and Bosco chase outside opportunities.
Asked whether Bosco was disappointed that he will be unable to film Triumph in the Skies 2 opposite girlfriend, Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), he replied, “Aiya! We are separate when it comes to filming dramas! There will be many future opportunities, since I will continue acting!” Bosco noted that he would like to appear in a cameo role, as he wished to collaborate with Francis Ng and Chilam Cheung.
Producer Tommy Leung (梁家樹) revealed that he was still discussing the filming details with Francis Ng and Chilam Cheung. The discussions were going well, in which TVB hoped both actors will agree to take part in the drama. Producer Leung stated that the production staff were in the midst of writing the script.
The cast members that were confirmed to appear in Triumph in the Skies 2 included: Myolie Wu, Kate Tsui (徐子珊), Fala Chen (陳法拉), Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Ron Ng (吳卓羲), and Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗). With such a star-studded cast, Kenneth Ma was asked whether he was concerned about his own screen time. Kenneth stated that in the 40-episode drama, there will be enough plot and character development to focus on various leads. “If there are more characters, then there are more plot arcs, which will add greater dimension to the story.” Kenneth noted that if a long drama focused on only the male and female leads, then the story may become stale and repetitive.
The original installment of Triumph in the Skies featured a group of pilot trainees dubbed as S4, comprised of Ron Ng, Sammul Chan ( 陳鍵鋒), Bosco Wong, and Kenneth Ma. Due to the casting changes in the sequel, the original S4 composition will not be possible. Kenneth remained positive, “In the sequel, Ron Ng and I will likely be promoted from pilot trainees, so there will be a group of newcomers to make up [the new] S4.”
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Jayne: Would have liked to see Raymond and Bosco in “Triumph in the Skies 2.” Hopefully they will appear as cameos. Difficult to imagine how the quality of the drama will be like, especially if the main cast of Francis Ng and Chilam Cheung have not been confirmed yet.