TVB grand production, Aerobic Girls, is set to start filming in mid-July. The drama will focus on the life of a group of high school girls when they meet again 25 years later. As the producer, Eric Tsang (曾志偉) is supposedly the one in charge of cast selection. However, tabloids claimed that TVB executive, Sandy Yu (余詠珊), kicked out anyone she disapproves of, and Eric had no say.
Artists who were initially invited to film Aerobic Girls include Flora Chan (陳慧珊), Sheren Tang (鄧萃雯), Anita Yuen(袁詠儀), Teresa Mo (毛舜筠), Veronica Yip (葉玉卿), and Patricia Ha (夏文汐). It was reported that Rachel Lee (李麗珍) and Gloria Yip (葉蘊儀), will now star in the drama opposite Lawrence Ng (吳啟華).
Since the drama will focus on the later life of high school girls, actresses need to be cast as young versions of the characters as well. Earlier, Eric and his good friend Paco Wong (黃柏高) from Sun Entertainment Culture agreed on his girls from As One to take the roles. At the time, Sandy happened to be in the hospital and was not informed. Once she learned the news, she signaled a “No way!” at Eric.
An insider revealed, “The [drama] was Sandy’s idea. She thought of producing a story about women in hopes of saving viewership ratings. Sandy shared her thoughts with the current TVB boss, Charles Chan (陳國強), who in turn asked Eric to select the cast. He also told Sandy to give Eric some advice. That’s why Sandy needs to approve the people Eric chose.”
In replacement of As One, Sandy selected Heidi Lee (李靜儀) and Cheronna Ng (吳嘉熙) from Super Girls. Reportedly, this was because the company the girls are from is under Sandy’s husband, Herman Ho (何哲圖).
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Carol Yeung (楊焉) and Rainky Wai (蔚雨芯), both from a company under Nat Chan (陳百祥), were considered as casting options for Aerobic Girls. Eric allegedly already agreed, but Sandy said no once again. In fact, the girls were not even given an opportunity to audition. Apparently, the reason was because the roles have all been “filled.”
“Earlier, Sandy recommended Priscilla Wong (黃翠如) and Tony Hung (洪永城) to be the hosts of Nat’s variety show, Nat Around the World <叻哥遊世界>. However, she was let down by Nat’s immediate refusal. That’s why in Eric’s new drama, Nat’s girls were kicked out before they could audition,” an insider reported.
Sandy Yu and Herman Deny Reports
“There was nothing of the sort. Filming the drama is Eric’s wish, and I take no part in cast selection.” Sandy said. Herman helped his wife push the reports away. “Eric and Tommy Leung (梁家樹) were in charge of the auditioning. It had nothing to do with Sandy. I did get notice that Heidi and Cheronna are already confirmed to take part, but the roles haven’t been decided yet.”
Source: Sudden Weekly #933 via ihktv.com
This article is written by Shirley for JayneStars.com.