TVB producer Marco Law (羅永賢) announced that he is currently working on the sequel to The Confidant <大太監>, a biographical-fiction television drama on the Qing Dynasty eunuch Li Lianying, portrayed by Wayne Lai (黎耀祥). Airing in November 2012, The Confidant ran for 33 episodes and achieved an average viewership rating of 31 points, becoming the second highest-rated Hong Kong TV drama of 2012. The Confidant also gave Wayne his third Best Actor award at the 2012 TVB Anniversary Awards.
According to various reports, The Confidant 2 – temporarily titled The Five Eunuchs <太監五虎> – will be set after the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911. The sequel will document the lives of five former imperial eunuchs and their struggles as citizens of the Republic of China. Wayne, Raymond Wong (黃浩然), Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Power Chan (陳國邦), and Raymond Cho (曹永廉) will reprise their roles as the imperial eunuchs.
Producer Law also stated that he hopes to bring Aimee Chan (陳茵媺), who portrayed Princess Heshe in The Confidant, to star as the lead actress in the sequel.
“Aimee owes me a favor,” said producer Law. Earlier this year, Aimee turned down the opportunity to star in his wuxia drama,Cold Mountain, Hidden Dragon <寒山潛龍>, because of her pregnancy. Aimee has declined all job offers and is currently resting at home.
“To be honest, [Aimee] is one of my favorite artists,” producer Law acknowledged. “If she is willing to make a comeback, of course I will ask her to film The Confidant 2; but it will depend on her situation post-pregnancy and if she is willing to [return].”
Producer Law added that should Aimee accept the offer to shoot The Confidant 2, he will cast her in a role of a queen. He explained, “There will be a role of a queen. I really want to design a role that is based on her current position… Moses Chan (陳豪) calls her his queen, so I will make her a queen!”
Aimee expressed that though she is currently on hiatus, she has no intentions to stop work after giving birth. She said, “I do want to continue to act. I really enjoy acting.”
The Confidant 2 is slated to begin official production around late March or early April 2014. A promotional trailer of the drama for TVB’s 2014 Sales Presentation will begin filming in the coming weeks.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.