After collaborating in 2016’s A Fist Within Four Walls <城寨英雄> and 2017’s The Unholy Alliance <同盟>, Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) and Jazz Boon (文偉鴻) are ready to team up again for a third time with the upcoming TVB action drama, Bangkok Chinatown <曼谷唐人街>.
Bangkok Chinatown, a story about overseas Chinese immigrants, will start principal production in October. According to news reports, producer Jazz Boon is hoping to bring back the same team behind A Fist Within Four Walls (AFWFW), which won Best Drama at the 2016 TVB Anniversary Awards, to star on the show. “Confirmed” main stars include AFWFW veterans Ruco Chan, Philip Ng (伍允龍), and Grace Wong (王君馨). The Unholy Alliance’s Elaine Yiu (姚子羚) and Joel Chan (陳山聰) have also reportedly joined the cast.
However, Nancy Wu (胡定欣) and Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), both original cast members of AFWFW, won’t be making appearances.
“I do know that I have a booking [for Bangkok Chinatown] in my schedule,” said Elaine when she was approached for comment. “As for the cast, I’ve only heard about Joel Chan.” Asking if Nancy would also be joining, she said, “I don’t know. You would have to ask the producer or Nancy about that.”
Although unsure if she is absolutely confirmed to have a role in the new drama, Elaine is looking forward to working with Jazz again. “I’ve worked with Jazz before, and I adore his work. (Would you be up for a change in image? A martial arts star, perhaps?) I’m okay with that! I have been training at the gym a lot.”
Having portrayed a couple with Joel in The Unholy Alliance, would Elaine like to team up with Joel again? “Of course! Joel and I are already close friends and we have found our chemistry. Everyone also enjoyed our pairing in The Unholy Alliance.”
As for whether or not Bangkok Chinatown would be shooting on location in Thailand, Elaine said, “The producer actually hasn’t told us anything yet. I don’t know the details.”
Grace Wong said she hasn’t been approached for a role in the new drama, but she would make sure to let everyone know if she gets a notice. There has also been discussions about Nancy Wu turning down Bangkok Chinatown because she is more interested in doing non-TVB projects.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.