I feel that a lot of us may have had the same idea after seeing the new A Li in Three Lives Three Worlds: The Pillow Book. With a few reprisals and replacements in this new adaptation, it slipped my mind that Hummer Zhang Yihan, the child actor who played A Li when he was just 5 years old, would likely be replaced.
He was too adorable as Tuan Zi and had great chemistry with onscreen parents Mark Chao and Yang Mi. It probably didn’t make sense to bring him back now that he’s a few inches taller though he’ll always be a fan favorite.
He’s still a kid only turning 9 this year and quite generous about sharing updates on social media. Having more acting experience than most. I look forward to his future works.