Yu Zheng Wants to Cast Wayne Lai and Michelle Yim for New Drama?
Another Yu Zheng (于正) drama, another reunion.
The popular “Linghou CP” from last year’s Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略>—consisting of Wu Jinyan (吴谨言) and Qin Lan (秦岚)—will reunite for a new drama, Chuan Jia <传家> (literally “passing on from generation to generation”), produced by Yu Zheng. Playing as sisters, the drama will be set during the years prior to the Sino-Japanese War, about three sisters who overcome their differences to help fulfill their father’s dream.
The drama will be Wu Jinyan and Qin Lan’s second collaboration after Yanxi Palace. The usual crew, including Jenny Zhang (张嘉倪) and Hong Yao (洪尧), will also star, with the addition of Hong Kong actor Damian Lau (劉松仁).
Originally slated to begin production last year, filming had to be postponed to late 2019 due to schedule conflicts among the actors. Yu Zheng confirmed via social media that Chuan Jia will be his next big project. It is slated for 40 episodes and production will take approximately 24 months to complete.
Allegedly, Yu Zheng had courted Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) and Michelle Yim (米雪) to also star in the series as special guests. Yu Zheng has always had an affinity with Hong Kong actors, particularly ones from TVB—he recently completed Winter Begonia <鬓边不是海棠红>, which stars Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼), and many of his dramas’ Hong Kong broadcasts rights were given to TVB.
If the rumors are true, Chuan Jia will be Wayne Lai and Michelle Yim’s first collaboration since 2012’s The Confidant <大太監>, in which Wayne played Li Lianying and Michelle played Empress Dowager Cixi.
Wayne, however, has denied the collaboration.
“I don’t know [Yu Zheng] personally and has never worked with him,” said Wayne. “Though I do know who he is. (Do you want to work with him?) From my position, I don’t care. If the opportunity comes by, of course I will like to.”
Commenting that many netizens online miss seeing Wayne on TVB, the actor said, “Be patient. I’ve been very selective.” He added that his new TVB drama, Death by Zero <殺手>, will air around the anniversary season.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.