So I’ve been contemplating whether or not to post this piece of floating news and I’ve decided that speculations are fun (=P). The list of invited cast appears in a manual of possible future investments. So take it with a grain of salt because my (our) girl is kinda booked until June of next year and some of the actors have expressed not knowing about the possible remake. However, with the horrendous remake of Huan Zhu Ge Ge (Princess Pearls) in 2011, anything is possible! For those who are fairly new to Cdramas, Romance In The Rain is the drama adaptation of Qiong Yao’s novel Romance in The Rain in 2001 (there are older adaptations but not my cup of wine). It starred three breakout stars from her previous smashing hits, Princess Pearls in 1998-1999. The story follows the ups and downs of Lu Zhen Hua, a retired general, and his family in Shanghai as the complications of having nine wives and many kids unfold in a melodramatic way. While he has many kids, one is bound to stand out and she is our protagonist; the daughter who shares his volatile personality – Lu Yi Ping.
——– Rumored Casting Below ——–
NOTE: I have pasted the picture of the rumored actor (left) next to the former actor of the same role for visual comparison.
Zhao Li Ying as Lu Yi Ping. This is a dream casting for me because I love Yi Ping. I love that she is allowed (like many MALE characters nowadays) to brood and be angry and be bitter! When she’s around her heartless family, she puts on her porcupine armor and when you take them away, she’s the sweetest soul (if you’re on her good list, lol). She and her mother were kicked out of the house when Wife #9 accuses them of causing harm to her kids. Since then, she has to literally come back to the same house month after month, year after year, to ask for living fees. They are dirt poor while her dad and his other wife + kids live a comfortable life in a mansion. But all that comes to an end that one fateful, rainy night…. right before she meets the man she never thought existed.
Tough, tough life for any actress to follow Vicki’s expressive performance. My girl is already getting criticized even when the rumor is still baseless. Lol. The other caveat is…Yi Ping becomes a famous club…singer! ZLY and her poor pipes. XD
Zhang Rui as He Shu Huan. A reporter, a gentleman, and a Yi Ping’s lover! He is her volunteered bodyguard when she works at Shanghai’s biggest Night Club. At one point before this year, my dream pairing for the OTP was…. ChenxYing. Chen Xiao fits in this era very well and I could see them exploding the screen together. Alas, things have changed. While Leo Ku was rather stiff and poor at fighting, he had the sweetest chemistry with Vicki. Them kisses were scandalous at the time. XD Unfortunately, I can’t picture Zhang Rui as Shu Huan.
Wang Xiao Chen (Good Time) as Lu Ru Ping. She’s known as the kind, good-hearted younger step-sister to Yi Ping. She meets and falls in love with Shu Huan first but his eyes and heart are captivated by the enigma that is Yi Ping. So she tells him she can wait….and wait…until Yi Ping breaks his heart. LOL. One has to wonder how she could be so nice when she was raised by a snake. But she’s not boring nice either because cracks of flaws do come out here and there.
Zhang Ruo Yun (Wu Xin The Monster Killer) as Du Fei. The clumsy, kind reporter who is devoted 100% to Ru Ping. I don’t know, Ruo Yun looks a little too cool for such a role.
Nick Wang (Nirvana In Fire) as Lu Er Hao. HELL NO. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Please don’t even think about it, Nick! Lu Er Hao is the older step-brother of Yi Ping (real brother to Ru Ping). I hate him with a passion. I hate his character – selfish, irresponsible, judgmental, and a full-on hypocrite! Thinking about him sours my taste buds for Halloween!
Maggie Jiang as Fang Yu. The two actresses do share some resemblance. Fang Yu is Yi Ping’s best friend who falls in love with Er Hao. One of the biggest fails of the drama for me. How could a sensible girl like her…go down that road? Lol.
Qiu Xin Zhi as the abusive father to his kids and wives, Lu Zhen Hua. I like that his bond with Yi Ping starts on a terrible note and changes for the better (however, I wanted him to SUFFER MORE AND MORE). He even recognizes her as his little tiger. heh. Qiu Xin Zhi looks….like a mild version. Get the same actor!
Wang Lin reprising her role as the evil stepmother. Fantastic portrayal. You can’t help it, you just have to hate her! =D
Let’s go down the road of nostalgia~~
The different shades to our Porcupine. =D
Some of my favorite songs Vicki sang in the drama. Qiong Yao wrote the romantic and poetic lyrics. She’s very talented in that area.
As much as we dislike adaptations, they are inevitable. At least this one is 15 years ago. What are your envisioned/ideal cast? Beside Chen Xiao, I really want Elvis Han to take the male lead role. hehe Wu Xin times two!