I’ve been following this news for a while. First, it was Wallace Chung’s name attached and then it switched over to Zhang Han. He needs to be shipped off on a vacation with the girls too! He just finished Braveness of the Ming a few days ago and here he is accepting a new project, one that is gathering a hefty amount of attention due to the person he’s going to be portraying – Sir Run Run Shaw, considered as the mogul of Chinese-language cinema. He and his brothers were founders to Shaw Brothers Studio, one of the biggest production companies in the 1960s. Moving to television, he co-founded TVB and was Chief Executive for 30 years. What an accomplished man.
My memory of Sir Run Run Shaw is him sitting at the front row at TVB Anniversaries throughout the years. Always surrounded by the rising starlets and Miss Hong Kongs. He passed away last year at the age of 106.
Confirmed cast so far, at least those who showed up to the booting ceremony today. Beside Zhang Han, there’s Song Yi (The Disguiser).
Chen Qian En (Cruel Romance) as a special cameo.
Guo Zi Qian (Braveness of the Ming).
Liu Chang De (Braveness of the Ming).
The female lead….is rumored to be Korean Actress, Goo Hye Sun.
My two cents: I’m not excited by anyone because I feel that someone with a seasoned hand at acting should take the lead. The shocker really came with Goo Hye Sun. Nothing against the lovely lady but I’m getting tired of the trend of inviting Korean stars to act in Chinese dramas. I can never wrap my head around the concept of ducks and chickens speaking their lines on set. Use your stars, China!
I have the strangest nostalgic feeling that TVB would have been the better choice of production company to produce something related to their deceased chief executive. They have first-hand experiences with working with the man; his tempers, his flaws, his ingenuous vision in building an empire like TVB, etc. I know TVB hasn’t been all that ching-ching and shiny like before, but if they had the budget, a drama like this would be phenomenal. On the positive side, the director is TVB ex-employee: Jonathan Chik (Beauty At War) and writing is his good partner – Chow Yuk Ming (Beauty At War), along with Chen Shu Xian (Never Dance Alone). Them three make up a solid team.
The Legendary Tycoon plans to have 45 episodes. Filming begins today!