Appearing nowadays as a series regular in Meeting Mr Right 2 with girlfriend Xu Lu, Zhang Mingen jumps into his newest project for the small screen adaptation of Yan Zhiyang’s novel Insect Totem 虫图腾. Joining him is actress Hu Bingqing whom we’ve recently seen in a teaser for her soon to be released(?) drama adaptation of Ba Yue Chang An’s Unrequited Love.
As the name suggests, the show is a SCI-FI drama, with the novel’s premise revolving around families gifted with the unusual ability to control insects based off of the five elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth. Sounds pretty unique right? All this talk about insects and bugs is enough to make anyone a wee bit squeamish, I just hope the visual translation won’t be too overly you know, cringe worthy.
Funnily enough, Zhang Mingen first gained traction in the industry with 2016’s republican drama, The Mystic Nine as William Chan’s loyal sidekick Lieutenant Zhang which he followed up with yet another republican – Tientsin Mystic and Tienstin Mystic 2 (yet to be aired). So in a way, Insect Totem is a return back to his roots sort of drama since well, you guessed it, it’s another republican. Hu Bingqing too really shouldn’t have any problems adapting to the era’s mannerisms since one of her yet-to-air dramas Forward Forever is also set in that time period.
Anyway, the drama has already had its kick off ceremony on November 17, 2019. They are joined by a cast of new faces that include Aliya, Lu Yunfeng, Ding Xiangnan and Zhang Jiading.