Surging in popularity since her onscreen teaming with Sean Xiao Zhan (肖戰) in popular IP drama The Oath of Love <餘生，請多指教>, actress Yang Zi (楊紫) currently has two dramas pending release – the long-delayed period drama The Golden Hairpin <青簪行>, and also Lost You Forever <長相思> which co-stars Zhang Wanyi (張晚意).
Delayed for 4 Years
With production completed since year 2020, The Golden Hairpin had been slated for a 2021 summer release, but was derailed by then lead actor Kris Wu Yifan’s (吳亦凡) industry-rocking scandal, putting the fate of the 300 million yuan production into limbo since.
An onscreen adaptation of the novel Memoir of the Golden Hairpin by novelist Ce Ce Qing Han (側側輕寒), The Golden Hairpin, which was filmed during the height of Wu Yifan’s popularity took eight months. Thinking to leverage on Kris’ fame, the production crew even altered the female-centric slant of the book into a male-centric focus for the drama.
Since a gargantuan sum from investors had already been pumped in, the production team tried their best to salvage the drama for its eventual broadcast. Having built up friendly ties with the crew over 8 months of filming, and in order for staff to receive their wages which would be withheld had the drama been shelved, it is said that female lead Yang Zi has agreed to undertake 7 days of her schedule to reshoot portions of The Golden Hairpin at zero wages — the only condition being that all food, clothing, accommodation and transport costs are accounted for.
Yang Zi to Pair with Supporting Male Lead?
While the production team considered using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in post-production to change out Kris Wu’s face, they eventually decided against it as the use of such technology would cause the character to feel much less realistic. There was also swirling word that actor Kenny Lin Gengxin (林更新) will replace Kris, but the actor allegedly turned down the chance as his participation in Crystal Liu’s (劉亦菲) new romance project Rose’s Tale <玫瑰故事> has been confirmed.
Instead of searching for another suitable actor to reshoot Kris Wu’s scenes, it is likely that adjustments will be made to The Golden Hairpin’s story to reflect the female-centric focus of Memoirs of the Golden Hairpin, with the male lead’s scenes cut, to have Yang Zi romance the supporting male lead instead. The original 60-episode series could be condensed to 40 episodes with slight alterations to the plot.