When it was announced that Liu Haoran (刘昊然) would replace Hu Ge (胡歌) as the star of Nirvana in Fire 2 <琅琊榜之风起长林>, he was still regarded as a new actor with a few box office successes under his belt. Nirvana in Fire 2 was meant to be Haoran’s ticket to super stardom, and while the show was by no means a failure, it definitely didn’t leave the same lasting impact like its predecessor.
Liu Haoran, once touted to be the industry’s next biggest actor, is now facing with a string of mediocre successes, and it’s a shame. The 21-year-old is, without a doubt, one of the most talented young actors to come out of China in recent years, but it is difficult for the actor to leave behind a significant mark in the entertainment industry when none of his newer works even make it to social media trending.
His recent works like The Twins <双生> (which was shot four years ago) and the television drama Novoland: Eagle Flag <九州缥缈录> did not impress critics and performed less than expected in the box office and in national viewership ratings, respectively. Viewers even specifically pointed out Haoran as one of the bigger disappoints in Eagle Flag, with criticism on his design and underdeveloped character.
At 21 years old, Haoran still has many years left ahead to regain his footsteps in the industry. He may be a very talented actor, but without the right project to support him, working on pure talent won’t suffice.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.