Upcoming Twdrama: Rainbow Sweetheart
Rainbow Sweetheart has, oddly enough, stirred up controversy for featuring leads who are both married (and not to each other, in case you were wondering). Producer Angie Chai had to defend her choice of Lin and Yang, saying that she wants to promote married actors in dramas (there's a recurring trend in Taiwanese and Asian entertainment in general in which actors receive incredible pressure from fans to stay single, and after they get married their popularity drops).
Now, the funny thing about casting Jimmy Lin as the lead in this one...is that My Lucky Star was widely compared to My Girl when it first aired. The stories aren't incredibly similar when it comes down to it, but both feature wealthy heirs who fall for poor con-artists, and there's a similar twist partway through. So in a way, it's a nod to that drama that he got cast, having already shown that he can play the demanding-but-charming rich boy type. When I heard that he had been cast, I was amused because all I could think is "romancing another con-artist, hmm Jimmy Lin?" He's not the greatest actor ever - he's more known as an all-around celebrity than an actor - but he was quite good in My Lucky Star, he's got a kind of steady screen presence and easy, boyish charm that is very compelling. And he's certainly good-looking enough to pull off the suits it looks like he'll be wearing. I haven't seen Cherrie Ying in anything and I vacillate between thinking she's very cute and that's she's hopelessly over-mugging in the trailer below. I'm banking on their chemistry however.
On a side note, what's up with Taiwanese drama titles recently? Material Queen, Rainbow Sweetheart, Sunshine Angel...?
Check out the trailer below.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovT8Llc2uyc&feature=player_embedded