Legend of Ba Qing aka Win the World 赢天下 was once the big-budget production that everyone was waiting for as it marked Fan Bingbing’s return to Chinese historical dramas since the highly-successful Empress of China. Looking back at the past New Year’s Eve celebrations, Fan Bingbing and leading man Gavin Gao even appeared together and sang a duet to promote the drama.
The show has fallen from grace overnight in light of Gavin Gao’s sudden arrest in Sydney. The show has been scrambling to take reactionary measures since then with rumors that a reshoot was being conceptualized to change the leading man to Dylan Kuo who already plays the heroine’s husband in the drama.
Unfortunately, recent reports have revealed otherwise. For it to work, Dylan Kuo would have to play two characters concurrently and replace Gavin Gao as the Qin Emperor. Most of the scenes with the Emperor are large scale shoots that require a lot of time and people and a reshoot with all the actors could reach 500 million yuan.
Given that there doesn’t seem to be another solution, It looks like only time will tell how the drama will fare. Talent Television Film saw over 10% drop in stock price on the news of the arrest. Fan Bingbing is a stockholder of the company and has also invested a substantial portion to produce the drama.