After the success of Bu Bu Jing Xin <步步驚心>, the other works of novelist Tong Hua (桐華) have surged in popularity, particularly Da Mo Yao <大漠謠> and Yun Zhong Ge <雲中歌>, both of which are to be adapted into TV dramas. The adaptation of Yun Zhong Ge will be produced and written by Yu Zheng (于正), who invited Angelababy (楊穎) to star as the female lead, Yunge.
Yun Zhong Ge will be Angelababy’s first television role, as she has acted in only movies since her acting debut. When asked if he felt her television audience fanbase would be strong enough, Yu Zheng reassured reporters that his team had done market research: “Baby is very popular among young audiences – she could be said to be on the goddess level.”
After Yu Zheng released photos of Yun Zhong Ge’s three leads – Angelababy and mainland Chinese actors Lu Yi (陸毅) and Du Chun (杜淳) – many netizens praised Angelababy for her graceful and beautiful style. However, some netizens felt that she looked too modern and lacked the classical demeanor for a Han Dynasty beauty.
Yun Zhong Ge is the second installment in Tong Hua’s currently unfinished trilogy about love during the Great Han Dynasty. It tells the story of Yunge, who is caught in a love triangle with Prince Liu Fuling (Lu Yi) and Meng Jue (Du Chun), as well as of the succession battle following Fuling’s death. Yun Zhong Ge follows the events of the first novel, Da Mo Yao, which has already been adapted into a drama, starring Cecilia Liu (劉詩詩) and Eddie Peng (彭于晏), but has not yet been approved to air. It has been rumored that the adaptations of both novels will feature changes to the storyline.
“We deleted a lot of the historical incidents,” Yu Zheng admitted when asked about what changes had been made. “There weren’t that many historical incidents in the original work. What the audience wants to see is love.”
The changes in the storyline have also affected some of the story’s historical figures. For example, the female lead’s father is reportedly no longer Huo Qubing, one of the main characters in Da Mo Yao. Some characters have been deleted, whereas the personalities of others have been changed. However, Yu Zheng remains confident in his screenplay, saying, “I believe [book purists] won’t be dissatisfied.”
According to Yu Zheng, Yun Zhong Ge will air next summer.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.