Momma say whut? I feel like someone dropped me in a fairy glen and then fed me some acid-laced marshmallows. In what might be a casting trio no human being could possibly have jammed together into one drama, fast-rising and talented C-actress Wang Luo Dan has just been cast in the Hunan TV‘s 2013 new year launching modern C/TW drama opposite Choi Siwon and Yuan Hong. Commence collective jaw drop. I’m not done yet. This drama will be helmed by the PD who did Summer’s Desire and Hi, My Sweetheart, and will be written by the scriptwriter of Office Girls, Easy Fortune Happy Life, PS Man, and Zhong Wu Yen. And get this! The drama is called Turn Around Fall in Love, and reading the synopsis it looks like a complete remake of one of my favorite and guiltiest TVB pleasures back in the late 80s, Cherished Moments with Leon Lai and Kathy Chow. I think I might have the vapors now.
Wang Luo Dan plays Li Ming Yu
At thirty-six she gets into a car accident and her soul returns to her twenty-two year old body. She has a chance to re-do her life again, and she plans to not make the same mistakes this time around! Twenty-two year old Ming Yu lives with her older sister and brother-in-law, and she sees their interaction with each other is exactly how she and Chen Yi are fourteen years later. She vows not to let that future happen.
Choi Siwon plays Song Chen Yi
He can provide a woman romance, but he can’t give her bread. He’s a handsome cheerful young man, but in the future he’ll turn fat and bald. Right now, this twenty-five year old big boy, can he once again win Ming Yu’s heart? His grandma is a seeming know-it-all with a cheerful personality, who keeps trying to bring Ming Yu and Chen Yi together. Based on grandma’s throwaway hints, Ming Yu suspects grandma may be from the future as well.
Yuan Hong plays Yu Qu Hao
From a rich family, he’s not interested in inheriting, he wants to build his own business empire. Young, handsome, full of confidence, he’s the darling of the commercial world. His considerate attitude is tinged with rebellion, and he’s every woman’s ideal boyfriend. But in truth, he’s not as perfect as he seems. He’s stubborn, wild, hates the shallow world, doesn’t socialize well. Until Ming Yu appears, then things start to change. Ming Yu tames this noble wild horse, but will she change her original choice because of this man? His father is a funny guy that is different than the driven Qu Hao. He initially doesn’t like Ming Yu, but is slowly touched by her personality and affect on Qu Hao. He eventually totally wants her for a daughter-in-law.
Bei Bei (reportedly Jenny Zhang)
For love, she doesn’t hesitate to change herself. In the original time line, Bei Bei and Ming Yu are best friends whose different personalities complete each other. In the alternate time line, Ming Yu as lived a difficult life after choosing Chen Yi the first time around, so she changes into a practical and jaded personality rather than her original romantic and idealistic self. This in turn causes Bei Bei to change her fate. Bei Bei and Min Yu were once BFFs who shared every secret, but in the end, their view on love differs and they gradually drift apart……….
This drama will film for three months, two in Shenzhen, and one in Taiwan. It’s scheduled for broadcast in January 2013, which means this will be Hunan TV’s first big drama of next year. Already expectation is slowly building, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this thing turns out half way decent. I loved the concept of Cherished Moments, which had Kathy Chow unhappily married to Leon Lai and then she goes back in time and decides to change her future. She does everything possible NOT to end up with Leon again, but fate has something special in store for her. C-netizens have always thought Siwon and my loverboy are facetwins (yup, total resemblance there), and now to have them in one drama blows my mind. I’m sooooooo praying this drama is the frothy and good variety that Sunny Happiness turned out to be. Please drama gods, make it happen!