The actress had allegedly posted politically-sensitive material on her social media.
Originally cast in Shaw Brothers’ Flying Tiger 3 <飛虎3之壯志英雄>, Sharon Chan (陳敏之) has been dropped from the series at the eleventh hour. Alice Chan (陳煒) is slated to replace Sharon as the wife of Eddie Cheung’s (張兆輝) SDU officer character in the third season of the popular web drama.
What Prompted the Move…?
Recently, Chinese netizens pointed out that Sharon had previously shared a politically-sensitive photo on her Instagram Stories, which led them to brand her as a “yellow ribbon” and triggered a furor online. Some netizens tagged Sharon’s Weibo account requesting for an explanation and apology from her, while others claimed to have had their comments deleted and blacklisted by the actress.
As the successful Flying Tiger franchise is a partnership between Shaw Brothers and Chinese streaming platform Youku, it is suspected that Sharon was dropped from the series to prevent a potential backlash from Mainland Chinese viewers.
Co-stars Decline to Comment
When contacted about the matter, Eddie declined to comment, while Alice replied that she accepted the job according to company arrangements, and was unsure of the details.
Previously appearing at the blessing ceremony for Flying Tiger 3 in July along with the rest of the cast, Sharon replied to media queries, “I didn’t expect the [local] COVID-19 situation to change so quickly. I decided to pull out [from filming] after discussions with the company out of safety concerns and considerations for my son, and would really want to thank their understanding. As for other matters, I will not make further responses.”
TVB executive Virginia Lok (樂易玲) acknowledged that Sharon had informed the station about her concerns before filming for the drama officially began, and the company has accepted her decision to pull out.
Besides Michael Miu (苗僑偉), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤) and Ron Ng (吳卓羲) who starred in the first two installments, the cast of Flying Tigers 3 will also include Roger Kwok (郭晉安), Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Elaine Yiu (姚子羚), Sisley Choi (蔡思貝), and Jeannie Chan (陳瀅).
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.