Korean science fiction drama, My Love From the Star <來自星星的你>, proved to be extremely successful and influential. Sensing its power to attract numerous fans, TVB reportedly has plans to film its own version.
It was alleged that the role of Cheon Song Yi, originally played by Korean actress Gianna Jun, would be given to Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼).
However, afraid that she would become the target of angry netizens, Charmaine reportedly turned down the offer, reports an article on Jayne Stars.
An insider spilled, “Although Charmaine is fit to portray Cheon Song Yi, she is sure to garner criticism no matter how well she does, because the original series had been such a big hit. She turned down the role to avoid audience disappointment.”
Charmaine is currently under a two-year contract with TVB, in which it has been made clear that the Mainland market is her priority. Perhaps only filming one TVB series per year, it is not unreasonable for her to turn down an offer, since she just completed Line Walker.
With Charmaine aside, many netizens made additional suggestions regarding who should take the role.
Many claimed that Fala Chen (陳法拉) physically resembles Cheon Song Yi, while others believe Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣) is suitable. Male netizens remarked that Eliza Sam (岑麗香) is cute, and Niki Chow’s (周麗淇) performance would be well received by the audience.
In terms of choosing the male lead to portray Kim Soo Hyun’s beloved role as Professor Do Min Joon, many netizens agreed Raymond Lam (林峯) matches the most. Furthermore, he is popular in Mainland China and would less likely be the target of criticism.
However, Raymond is currently busy preparing for his upcoming concerts and may not have room in his schedule.
According to tabloids, it is highly likely that Bosco Wong (黃宗澤) would take the role, since he had plenty of experience filming different love stories.