After one year of preparation, Bu Bu Jing Xin 2 <步步惊心> is finally ready to begin principal photography in March 2013. Although Nicky Wu (吳奇隆) and Cecilia Liu (劉詩詩) confirmed that they will return, Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) announced he will not be starring in the sequel.
“Director Li Guoli (李国立) contacted me earlier. However, the script will not be ready until March. I will have to film another drama in February. Due to schedule conflicts, I had to decline the project,” Kevin regretfully said. “Since Nicky and Cecilia will return, the drama should be very exciting. If there are any good parts, and if time allows, I may guest star in the series.”
Chinese Entertainment Shanghai announced earlier that the sequel will be titled Bu Bu Jing Qing <步步惊情>, a modern drama featuring an independent story line in which Nicky Wu and Cecilia Liu find romance and intrigue amidst corporate politics at the internet company they work at.
After Bu Bu Jing Xin aired in 2011, Kevin’s popularity in mainland China rose incredulously, allowing him to take on subsequent lucrative projects such as the television adaptation of Ip Man <葉問>. Depending on the viewers’ reaction to Ip Man when it is broadcast in March, investors may ask Kevin to film Ip Man 2.
This year marks the 20th year in which Kevin has been in the entertainment industry. In 1993, Kevin signed with Polygram and debuted as a singer. Kevin is a big fan of his former Polygram colleague, Jacky Cheung’s (張學友) music and often sings his love ballads at karaoke. Hoping to commemorate his two decades in the industry, Kevin will release a music album under his new music company, Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG) in 2013.
In addition, Kevin is currently busy developing the script of his first drama to be released under his own production studio. Kevin oversees the creative production of the drama and will cast Hong Kong and mainland actors in the new project.