On Zheng Shuang’s super topic on Weibo, fans have changed their profile photo to a block of text captioned, “Requesting actress Zheng Shuang to cherish her feathers (reputation), less is more (implying that one less movie is better than sacrificing quality over quantity).” The message was her fans’ way of expressing dissatisfaction over the rumors that Zheng Shuang will star in the upcoming Journey of Flower movie.
Zheng Shuang, her mom and her father Zheng Chenghua were previously at a marathon when they were asked about the casting rumors. Although they didn’t respond, Zheng Shuang’s father reportedly praised the JoF movie for being a big production. Rumors subsequently broke online that Zheng Shuang has indeed accepted the role of Hua Qiangu and that filming is expected to start later this month.
This has prompted her fans to band together with a clear message for their idol to turn down the project that could be potentially detrimental to her career. Some of the reasons they stated include but are not limited to:
– plagiarism issues regarding the source novel
– Zhao Liying making a name for herself as Hua Qiangu in the Journey of Flower makes it hard for another actress to make the character memorable just 5 years after the drama
– film versions of successful dramas tend to pale compared to its predecessors
– the creative team behind the movie are newcomers without much experience and not at all a ‘big production’ as Zheng Shuang’s dad is suggesting
– Zheng Shuang’s first leading role in a movie should be selected with care
– since the casting rumors, the internet water army (水军) has already begun their attack which shows that nothing good can come from associating with the movie
– there will be endless comparison against the drama
They also included possible consequences. Since many of her fans reject the project, it’s like losing a number of supporters who can help with promotion. Furthermore, it will mark Zheng Shuang’s transition into the film industry which is a big step for the actress. Zheng Shuang’s last movie was the 2017 movie Wu Kong where she played a supporting role. She has only been in a few movies which makes her relatively new and the success of her first leading role in a film all the more important.
While her fans seem to have the best intentions, there is also the question of whether fans are overstepping by getting too involved in their idol’s career. What do you think?