Acclaimed C-director Li Shao Hong‘s planned C-adaptation of the popular K-drama Heirs has been getting lots of attention in the last two months and for good reason. Heirs was hella popular in China and continued to build Lee Min Ho‘s popularity as well as vaulted Kim Woo Bin from unknown in the Chinese market to suddenly a buzzy new face. Rumors have abounded about who was going to get cast in the drama which pretty much is rubber stamped to garner ratings regardless of quality or lack thereof. This weekend came the first credible leaks about the casting so everyone simmer down and let’s get to it. Male lead Kim Tan is reportedly Yu Xiao Tong who I last saw when he looked 12 years old even though he was already a teenager. He’s a relative newbie but got a huge breakthrough role playing one of the most well known characters in Chinese literary classics Jia Bao Yu in the latest drama adaptation of one of the Four Classics Dream of the Red Chamber back in 2010. He’s 20 years old now so as least it’s not a stretch to play a teen. Female lead Cha Eun Sang may be Kan Qing Zi who is getting a lot of face time in the popular C-drama Shining Days. Director Li has reportedly landed Super Junior‘s Choi Si Won to play Choi Young Do and Kim Hee Sun to play Kim Tan’s mom. Jiang Mong Jie, who co-starred with Yu Xiao Tong in Dream of the Red Chamber playing female lead Lin Dai Yu, will be playing Lee Bo Na, while Prince (Wang Zi) is joining the cast not as Kim Tan but playing Yoon Chan Young. Super tall hot daddy du jour Zhang Liang (from the popular C-version of Daddy Where Are We Going?) will be playing Kim Won. The drama is slated to start filming shortly with a location shoot in Beihai, Guangxi province. That’s all I’ve got for now folks. So far I don’t want to spork my eyes out but it is a weird and random assortment of folks to mush together.
Original flavor Heirs.
Yu Xiao Tong as Kim Tan.
Kan Qing Zi as Cha Eun Sang.
Choi Si Won as Choi Young Do. Kim Hee Sun as Kim Tan’s mom. By, the way, if Kim Hee Sun really plays Kim Tan’s mom, then she would be playing the mom to the character Lee Min Ho played, thus making all the Oedipal comments from viewers about Faith and their noona-dongsaeng pairing completely true. XD
Jiang Mong Jie as Lee Bo Na.
Zhang Liang as Kim Won.
Prince (Wang Zi) as Yoon Chan Young.