Do you remember the casting call for the newest version of Return of the Condor Heroes 新神雕侠侣? There’s been quite a few unofficial reports about the cast that’s been made official today now that the cast has been introduced. The three main leads are Thomas Tong Mengshi as Yang Guo, Mao Xiaohui as Xiaolongnü and Vicky Wen Qi as Guo Xiang.
I can’t even count the number of adaptations based on this, but I’m such a big fan that I’ve found something to love in every single one. I think I may have seen every version since 1995 and even one in 1984 that’s not the TVB version that everyone seems to be talking about.
With only one other drama to her name that hasn’t even aired yet, Mao Xiaohui is a mystery to most except for the few pictures of her as Xiaolongnü that’s been going around the net. She’s definitely got the look and actually resembles Crystal Liu Yifei from the 2006 version of Return of the Condor Heroes.
Filming for has been going on since July 10, 2018 in Xiang Shan and expected to be completed by the end of the year. I feel like going with a rookie cast takes away a lot of pre-judging that often comes with these castings.
Thomas Tong Mengshi is still a relatively new actor but he’s starred in a number of dramas since 2016. Funny enough, I’ve seen almost every single one of his dramas too (highly recommend Colourful Bone and even Basketball Fever) so I couldn’t be happier that he landed the role.