So the question still remains open as to who will play the female lead in the Donnie Yen helmed Wong Jing produced Śakra 天龙八部之乔峰传. It is the big-budget film adaptation of Jin Yong’s Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils and focuses on The Legend of Qiao Feng. We know that 59-year-old Donnie will be playing the titular role of Qiao Feng. However, when it comes to his leading lady, Donnie and his team are still keeping mum. He did reveal in an earlier interview though that he’s not in favour of casting a “plastic beauty” and hopes instead to find someone with good acting skills and a pure temperament.
Online chatter this week initially pegged former TVB actress Grace Wong (王君馨) to play the role of A’zhu. However, Grace was quick to deny the rumours. She did confirm though that she does indeed have a role in the film. In fact, if you look a little more closely, Grace is wearing a shirt with the show’s poster in a selfie she recently posted whilst in Hengdian. However because she’s bound by an NDA, she can’t really say much. “I’m not playing the female lead. Don’t get me wrong. I’m very happy to have this opportunity to work with Mr Donnie and in such a classic story at that. He’s very nice but he also expects a lot from us. I hope this will be a great collaboration” said the actress.
Meanwhile, there’s also been some speculation that A’Zhu will be played by Yukee Chen who starred as Zhao Min in another Louis Cha drama adaptation –Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber. As for A’Zi, Cya Liu Yase (劉雅瑟) who won Best Actress for the film Limbo in the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards has been named by the rumourmill as the one who will take on the role.