Finally! Miss Screw can finally get married now, and hopefully this means Miss Rose can stop dithering and end on a high note to wrap up what was a truly enjoyable ride until recently. With SETTV wanting Sonia Sui to return to dramas with the MR follow up drama Replacement Princess, the network had to scramble when Sonia declined the role due to her focus on movies now. Funnily enough, SETTV found Sonia’s former movie co-star Nikki Hsieh, herself a critically acclaimed movie actress, to take over the role. Nikki had bit parts in some old dramas before switching to movies and winning numerous awards. Her recent return to television with the lovely Die Sterntaler with Rhydian Vaughn has been a ratings bomb but I really think it has nothing to do with her or the quality of that drama. I was actually quite enchanted with how breathtaking the first few episodes were and Nikki was a refreshing new find for me in terms of leading actress material. She plays a deaf mute in the drama and her sign acting is among the best I’ve seen. In fact, I’d say she’s the best version of that Aya character among the three adaptations (with Sakai Noriko in Hoshi no Kinka and Go Hyung Jung in Spring Days). Nikki reminds me of a cross between Ivy Chen‘s slight pixie presence and Ariel Lin‘s immersive acting style. I am totally checking out this new drama for her, and for the second male lead Chris Wu. If they were the OTP then this drama would be perfect, but alas SETTV appears to be fixated on casting James Wen in project after project and he’s reportedly the male lead here. Sigh, I don’t hate James, but his acting and onscreen persona is just like how his name sounds like – warm raw oyster. So blah.
I don’t know anyone who fangirls James Wen, so why does he keep getting leading man roles when he’s about as interesting to watch onscreen as paint dry. Chris Wu, on the other hand, is all sorts of yum. His last drama where he played an anti-hero leading man in Friday night’s What is Love? didn’t get a lot of attention and frankly wasn’t very good IMO. I’m just happy he’s getting more exposure and maybe this drama will pull a I Love You So Much and have the girl pick guy 2 for a change. No word yet on when the drama will air, but considering its just starting to film, I would put the premiere in mid-to-late January. Which means MR still has to endure for at least 5 more episodes. What the hell are they going to keep doing to keep Si Yi and Cheng Kuan apart? Why can’t they just get married and the last few episodes are about them trying to get pregnant or starting a company. Anything is better then the Vivian-plots story line.