The Chinese television drama remake of Jin Yong’s (金庸) The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber <倚天屠龍記> has unveiled its official cast list, and not many fans are pleased.
Produced by Cathay Media, the remake of the Jin Yong wuxia classic will be headlined by rising star Joseph Zeng (曾舜晞), who will be playing the central character Zhang Wuji. Joseph’s casting was met with criticism, and the rookie actor has been criticized for having poor acting after appearing in the variety talent show The Birth of an Actor <演员的诞生>. Joseph will also be carrying another wuxia remake this year, starring as Xiaoyu’er in Juedai Shuangjiao <絕代雙驕>.
The female leads Zhao Min and Zhou Zhiruo will be portrayed by Yukee Chen Yuqi (陈钰琪) and Joyce Jian Renzi (菅纫姿). Yukee, who is managed by Tiffany Tang’s Studio, is best known for her critical successful performances in The Princess Weiyoung <锦绣未央> and A Chinese Odyssey: Love of Eternity <大话西游之爱你一万年>. Joyce’s casting as Zhou Zhiruo is met with apprehension, but her performance in Game of Hunting <猎场> starring opposite Hu Ge (胡歌) was well-received.
Other notable stars that have been cast in the remake include Kathy Chow (周海媚) as morally conflicted Abbess Miejue, Louis Fan (樊少皇) as the antagonist Cheng Kun, and Wakin Chau (周華健) as the evil Jian Jie. Kathy Chow previously portrayed Zhou Zhiruo in the 1994 Taiwanese remake.
TVB will also be remaking The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber into film this year, with Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗) confirmed to star as Zhou Zhiruo.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.