After Wang Yibowas spotted at a script read-through last week, Being A Hero 冰雨火 finally holds its boot ceremony today to also confirm that Chen Xiao will indeed be starring in the police drama.
Chen Xiao is quite a versatile actor who’s dabbled in many genres before so casting both as the leads should offer an interesting match up. Meanwhile, Wang Yibo has appeared in mostly costumed and romance dramas for his recent works so I’m glad he’s dipping his feet in a different genre to play a cop this time. The added bonus of seeing him in uniform doesn’t hurt either. *lol* Supposedly, Wang Yibo put in a lot of effort to build his muscles and also cut his hair short to prepare for the role so that should be a real treat for many of his fans.
The two actors will play brothers who vowed to bring justice to the people behind their father’s murder, except the eldest, Wu Zhenfeng (played by Chen Xiao) – one of the police academy’s best and brightest, falls in the hands of drug dealers while trying to protect his younger brother Chen Yu (Wang Yibo).
Now, because the project is also directed by Fu Dongyu, the same director who brought us The Thunder, the TV adaptation of what remains to be one of China’s biggest drug busts in history, Being A Hero also continues along on that vein and reintroduces viewers to the drug underworld where narcotics is big business and human lives don’t matter in the face of profit.
Speaking of The Thunder, director Fu Dongyu seems to have brought back Wang Jinsong to his new project, although ironically, from the police uniform the veteran actor is sporting below, he’ll be playing the complete opposite of his drug lord character in The Thunder. With today’s announcement that veteran Liu Yijun also being a part of the cast, Netizens have been jokingly predicting that the Hunting actor will most probably play the baddie AGAIN versus Wang Jinsong’s police chief just coz of his propensity to always play the villain in most of his dramas. In fact Netizens are praying to the drama gods that Liu Yijun will end up being the good guy for a change! We shall see once more deets are released.
Being a Hero also features actors Zhao Zhaoyi, Feng Jiayi, Zhang Yuqi, Tu Bing, Gao Xuyang, Gong Lei, Ai Dong, Zhao Xuan, Tang Lujing, Wang Xiuzhu, Song Hanhuan, Guo Xiaoting and Zhao Xuan.
I'm very glad that WYB's career is going so well for him. Wishing it is going smoothly for Xiao Zhan also. They both deserve it. The girl in the very bottom left picture looks anorexia. She wasn't that thin when she was in Bu Bu Jing Xin before. There are 13 male actors in those pictures and there are only 4 females here. The drama looks "dark" already.
Don't see too many drama with this theme nowadays. Bring me back to the old Hong Kong days as this drama seems to give me the Infernal Affairs vibe. Looking at the drama selection from Wang Yibo so far, there is no doubt that he will have a bright future in acting. I saw his acting potential way back in Love Actually with Joe Chen, and it was said that this was his first TV drama. His character was the only one who got me through the drama.
Unlike many of those who gained popularity and continue to play big IP or idol dramas until they are approaching their 30s, I was surprised he choose to play this theme at such a young age. This is the kind of drama that many people would consider as a transition or transformation from an idol or traffic actor into a serious actor. If he is successful, which most likely will be the case if Legend of Fei and Being a Hero are broadcast on TV in the same year, he will probably receive a lot of recognitions from both the industry and the people. Broadcast on TV means a wider audience across all age range. Big character contrast will be easier for people to recognize an actor’s potential if it is done well. One drama being period and the other being modern can highlight his strong plasticity.
I have a strong hunch that in the next few years, he will become one of the top actor, not only with strong popularity, but also strong recognition in the film industry.
I love it so much how they tone down his white smooth skin so he doesn't look like a girly boy next to Chen Xiao. He looks so handsome like that, please don't ever go back to filtering and white skin again, he's better dark.
Idk if you watch Chinese dramas but I can name so many actresses way skinnier than that and they are big actresses, not a small actress like her.
I am so excited with this combination!!! The veteran cast is very strong too. Looking forward to it.,
no such thing as 'big' in Asian from my point of view. They all look really skinny to me.
Wang Yibo must have a great management team that helps him to take on risky roles. By that I mean working outside of his comfort zone as an idol. Looking forward to his future works.
Chen Xiao needs a hit after Queen Dugu. Glad that he is taking on this role.
@ Anonymous 1.a
If you l@@k @ her skinny arms in that picture then you know what i'm talking about.
I love all supporting cast included Wang Yibo. This drama look really promising except i’m kind of question Chen Xiao as a male lead. He used to be on IP and idol drama and until now seem he have not yet had any representative works.
Chen Xiao is Zhao Liying's ex boyfriend, he was the rich guy who showed lots of support for his gf. Too bad they didnt work out. Wang Yibo is working with both of them it's a good choice it will create buzz. Chen Xiao did great in Nothing Gold Can Stay but his other drama with Joe Chen was horrible bc it was a Yumamam drama, they're dumb as always. He's far from an idol anymore.
Since Dramapanda just posted an article about Zhao Liying's muscle, you can go look at it will be good example, her arms are even skinnier and even with muscle it's still that skinny. It's what China consider normal.
@ Anonymous 1.d
Yes. I saw that. Some of them look very unhealthy. It's a very bad example for fans, especially the young fans. Thanks!