It hasn’t been long since Eternal Love of Dream aired earlier this year, but it looks like we may be lucky enough to see Dilraba Dilmurat again. Rumors say that her modern drama with Johnny Huang Jingyu might end up taking over Serenade of Peaceful Joy’s time slot on Hunan TV after it ends in May.
Incidentally, Love Advanced Customization 爱情高级定制 which has wrapped filming since last year chose this time to finally kickstart promotions. Each of the cast uploaded their individual poster on Weibo which was then shared on the show’s official account. Producer Xu Li also posted the same 8 posters featuring Johnny Huang Jingyu, Dilraba Dilmurat, Viann Zhang Xinyu, Yi Daqian, Hu Bing, Zhang Doudou, Wang Yiming and Cai Guangtai.
However, Dilraba fans have been expressing their frustrations against the production and even stated that they won’t be supporting the drama with the reason stemming from unclear top billing. Dilraba’s official fan club released the statement, “In lieu of the production’s prolonged deception of fans, until we receive a definite answer: Dilraba Fan Club and its affiliates will not cooperate with the online and offline promotional activities for Love Advanced Customization. We are always Dilraba’s support, we stand with Dilraba fans forever. @LoveAdvancedCustomization @JaywalkStudio @JaywalkDilrabaStudio”
Fans are unhappy as they claim that Dilraba received top billing when the drama was in the beginning phases. Fans also accused the production of using the issue over top billing to create buzz. Furthermore, the film crew allegedly indulged paparazzi photos. Previously, photos of the Dilraba and Johnny leaked online and sparked dating rumors which fans from both sides have denied.
As the new posters dropped yesterday, it seems that production is steering clear of the top billing issue by simply sharing the posters without listing any names even though Johnny’s poster seems to come first. It’s certainly not the first time that this happened. Something similar happened to Yang Zi and Kris Wu’s The Golden Hairpin where the drama dropped a poster without writing down the names of the cast.
Love Advanced Customization is a modern drama that follows a fashion designer and an e-commerce boss. They start out hating each other before falling in love. Frankly, it sounds a little too cliche for my taste, but I do love both leads. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen Johnny Huang since Moonshine and Valentine, which ended up being such a gem. He had another hit last year with The Thunder. And if it’s a sign that he picks good dramas, hopefully this will be good too.