After the collective freak out and hernia two weeks ago at the Yun Zhong Ge Baidu bar over the casting shuffles and the possibility of Yuan Shan Shan taking on the leading role in Yu Zheng‘s drama adaptation of Yun Zhong Ge called Love Story of the Great Han Period, the drama quietly started filming yesterday with a confirmed cast that is nothing like my dream ideal cast but one I can live with. After the nightmare of picturing abominable actress Yuan Shan Shan as Yun Ge, anything is better. Yes, that even includes Angelababy (Yang Ying), who is now confirmed as the bright and cheerful Yun Ge. That’s actually kinda funny because in my dream cast, I had her boyfriend Huang Xiaoming playing Liu Bing Yi/Liu Xun. That would have been amusing to see onscreen. Yu Zheng wandered by the YZG Baidu bar to calm folks down and revealed that his original choice for Liu Fu Ling was indeed Chen Xiao, but it was Chen Xiao himself who asked to switch to playing the calculating and powerful Liu Bing Yi rather than the quiet and steady Liu Fu Ling. Interesting. Similarly, his choice for Xu Ping Jun was Yang Rong, and she also asked to switch to playing Huo Cheng Jun. I see a pattern here – both of Yu Zheng’s young up-and-coming actors in his management company have chosen to play darker antagonist characters to challenge themselves. I can get behind that, even if Chen Xiao visually is such a perfect match for Liu Fu Ling. For the choices of the two male leads, Yu Zheng is going a lot older in age (both men are in their 30s), with Du Chun as Meng Jue and Lu Yi as Liu Fu Ling. I’m not happy with the huge age gap between those two guys and Angelebaby, mostly because they look so much older than her and in the book Liu Fu Ling and Meng Jue are a few years older than Yun Ge. The whole kids section where she meets the two of them is so perfect and awesome in setting the stage for all the future love and heartbreak. Check out the main cast below and see if you think this casting will work.
Du Chun as Meng Jue, adopted son of Meng Jiu.
Lu Yi as Liu Fu Ling, Emperor Zhao of Han.
Chen Xiao as Ling Bing Yi/Liu Xun, future Emperor Xuan of Han.
Su Qing as Xu Ping Jun, wife of Liu Bing Yi/future Empress of Han.
Yang Rong as Huo Cheng Jun, daughter of Huo Guang and cousin to Yun Ge.
Momo as Shang Guan Xiao Mei, Empress to Liu Fu Ling.
Bao Bei Er as Liu He, Infante Duke of Chang Yi.
Wang Hao Ran as Hong Yi, mute servant girl to Liu He.