The Jin Yong (金庸) adaptations won’t be stopping anytime soon.
Award-winning Hong Kong director Tsui Hark (徐克) has confirmed that he will be adapting The Return of the Condor Heroes <神鵰俠侶> into a film trilogy. The series will be Tsui Hark’s first Jin Yong adaptation since Swordsman II <笑傲江湖之東方不敗> 25 years earlier.
The Return of the Condor Heroes is the second part of Jing Yong’s impactful Condor Trilogy book series, and follows the journey of the urchin boy Yang Guo and his romance with his sifu, Little Dragon Girl. The book has had 11 television adaptations and three film adaptations since 1960. Some of the book’s more famous adaptations include TVB’s 1983 version (starring Andy Lau 劉德華 and Idy Chan 陳玉蓮), TVB’s 1995 version (starring Louis Koo 古天樂 and Carman Lee 李若彤), and China’s 2006 version (starring Huang Xiaoming 黃曉明 and Crystal Liu Yifei 劉亦菲).
Tsui Hark hasn’t announced his cast yet, but there is a good chance that Lin Gengxin (林更新) will be starring as the male lead, Yang Guo. Lin Gengxin is Tsui Hark’s frequent collaborator, having appeared in four of Tsui Hark’s films since 2013.
There’s been no word as who Tsui Hark wants to play Little Dragon Girl, but netizens are actively pushing Zanilia Zhao Liying (趙麗穎) to play the iconic character. Lin Gengxin and Zanilia are most recently seen starring together in the Chinese drama Princess Agents <楚喬傳>, currently the most-watched Chinese of all-time with over 45 billion views on Chinese streaming sites.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.