Jerry Yan rumored to star in Next Media's first ever drama

The new TV network from Next Media (parent company of Appledaily) is set to debut on Taiwanese airwaves in the latter half of this year. To start things off with a bang, they have enlisted the help of producer Chen Yu San to create the network’s first ever drama 拜金女王 (roughly translates to Material Queen). It will be Chen’s first project after leaving SETTV, where she produced numerous smash hits including Fated to Love You, My Queen and Autumn’s Concerto.

Material Queen tells the story of an orphaned girl who grew up to be a materialistic model. She eventually becomes a rich man’s escort for money, but while working in Paris, she meets a male student from a music college. The two have a one night stand by accident and begin a doomed love affair in France. The production is expected to cost at least 120 million (NTD), with part of it is already spent on recruiting Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field and Gossip Girl art director Charles E. McCarry. Chen will also reunite with her Autumn’s Concerto director Chen Hui Ling for the new project.

Although Jerry Yan’s name has been attached to this drama for awhile, several news sources only began to report actress Shu Qi as his possible costar yesterday. In response, Chen Yu San confirmed she has indeed spoken with both stars and Jerry Yan is close to saying yes.  His management said he is "still deciding", but the star is rumored to be learning the basics of violin, as the character would be required to speak French and play the instrument.

As for the female lead, producer Chen declined to reveal her identity and only said, “This female star is quite well known, but has never been in a TV drama.” Her statement contradicts the recent casting rumors as Shu Qi has done TV work before. Her side also confirmed the actress's schedule is full for the rest of the year, since she will be filming 2 movies including the sequel to 2008’s If You Are The One.

No Shu Qi (left), but maybe Lynn Xiong (right).

Chinatimes reported today that Aaron Kwok’s rumored-girlfriend Lynn Xiong has been selected for the lead role. She does fit Chen’s description of an actress who has never worked in TV, as Lynn Xiong is best known for her role in the Ip Man movies. Chen Yu San was asked if they have ever considered Jerry Yan’s rumored ex-girlfriend Lin Chi-Ling, she admitted, “The name did pop up in my head briefly, but, how could that be possible?”

Source: Appledaily, Chinatimes, UDN

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