After doing two back-to-back TW-dramas in the last two years, Roy Qiu is back in Mainland China filming the first of his reported three dramas on the horizon. This one is a modern drama called Red Wine My Fair Lady with Li Sheng, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he does a period drama next. Recently Bu Bu Jing Xin is back in the news since Karen went on record as saying once again that BBJX 2 is being prepped for an early 2013 filming date with the same cast but set in modern times. Once again, I trust nothing that woman says and I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ve always heard that the role of 8th Prince was initially offered to Wallace Chung who turned it down. What was a total surprise was reading recently that Roy was approached to play that role as well and he also declined due to his schedule conflicting. I don’t know what to think, in hindsight Kevin Cheng was perfect (and critics are pretty uniformly in agreement that he outacted Nicky Wu but 4th Prince was a more memorable character plus Nicky seriously turned on the water works in the final few episodes so won everyone’s heart forever more). But I would have loved seeing Roy do that character as well. The news went on to report that Roy was subsequently offered a role in Da Mo Yao and he also had to decline since he was scheduled for Miss Rose. TOTAL SHOCK. Roy? In DMY? The news report didn’t say which character but I’m betting its Meng Jiu, which means Hu Ge really was supposed to play Huo Qu Bing. And since both Wallace Huo and Roy turned down Meng Jiu (Wallace because he chose to be the lead in Yu Zheng‘s The Swordsman instead), Eddie Peng was cast and he naturally was better suited for Huo Qu Bing so Hu Ge took on Jiu Ye. Sigh, so many “what coulda beens.”
With Roy back in the Mainland, he was recently interviewed at a promotional event this week and asked about his relationship with Tang Yan. To date neither has ever confirmed a relationship but both have played up the possibility with the media in the past and responded in coy and playful ways. This time Roy’s response was that he still thinks very highly of her but due to their busy schedules they have no time to get together so there is no possibility their friendship could ever develop into anything more. I think his cool response this time lends credence to the recent rumors that their unconfirmed relationship has gone kaput. I’ve never felt terribly supportive of this possible real life pairing so I’m cool if Roy is de facto single again. He’s mentioned being disappointed that he missed acting opposite Liu Shi Shi twice in a row now, so in the future if they do get to work together I hope there is no awkwardness since Shi Shi is good friends with Tang Tang. You know, seeing as Roy has missed out on two Tong Hua novels in a row now, I swear the universe could align and right that wrong if he gets cast in Yun Zhong Ge as Liu Fu Ling. Yu Zheng has stated recently he wants to start filming YZG in March 2013 and has been leaking possible casting rumors left and right. But if he really aims high and convinces Roy to sign on, I swear I will take back every horrible (but all true) thing I’ve said about him. Roy playing Ling gege might just be the world’s most perfect actor-to-novel character casting EVER. Of all of Tong Hua’s male leads, I would cast him as Liu Fu Ling over any other character, including 8th Prince and Meng Jiu.