Just having recently started its broadcast, Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace <如懿傳> is already receiving much buzz. The story is based on the same characters as the recent hit TV series, Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略>. It was even revealed that Zhou Xun (周迅) was a second choice in the casting, after Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) dropped out of the series due to negotiations gone wrong.
Previously, it was said also that Tony Leung (梁朝偉) was originally cast for the role as the Emperor but dropped out and gave up the 160 million RMB pay check because Carina Lau (劉嘉玲) did not want her husband starring opposite an old rumored flame, Zhou Xun.
It is also hard to imagine Zhou Xun was not the first choice for her role. After Fan Bingbing’s popular The Empress of China <武則天>, the producers of Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace originally wanted Bingbing, but only gave up because of her numerous demands. Bingbing wanted to invest in the series and become one of the producers, while casting previously rumored boyfriend, Aarif Rahman (李治廷) as the leading actor.
Unfortunately, the negotiations fell through between the producers and Bingbing. The 36-year-old actress then quickly picked up the filming for Legend of Ba Qing <巴清傳>.
Story of Yanxi Palace, Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace, and Legend of Ba Qing were three of Mainland China’s most anticipated dramas of 2018. The first drama just finished airing, and the second drama is still airing. It is currently unknown when Legend of Ba Qing will finally air due to recent tax-evasion rumors surrounding Fan Bingbing.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.