Controversy over Michelle Chen’s casting in drama erupts
The scriptwriter for 2014’s The Romance of the Condor Heroes alleged that she was picked because Chen Xiao liked her
We all know the reel-to-real romance between Chen Xiao and Michelle Chen - the pair met while filming 2014 drama The Romance of the Condor Heroes, dated for seven months and tied the knot in July 2016. In December the same year, the couple welcomed a baby boy together.
However, new reports could put a dent in their happily ever after, as Chen Xiao has been alleged to have hand-picked his leading lady for the drama for one reason: He liked her.
This accusation emerged after scriptwriter Yu Zheng claimed that the reason they picked Michelle was because of Chen Xiao, which led netizens to leave a chain of negative comments towards the news. One enraged netizen even went as far to comment, “Even a RMB400 million (S$80.3 million) production had a female lead cherry-picked based on his ideal type”.
The new reports have caused netizens to unearth previous reports surrounding the drama, and at the time, it was reported that Angelababy was being considered for the role of Xiao Long Nu, for which Michelle was eventually casted for.
Yu Zheng also claimed that Cheng Xiao caused more trouble on-set recently and was on bad terms with his Nothing Gold Can Stay director. The scriptwriter alleged that he was the one who acted as a middleman to appease the director, which allowed Chen Xiao to keep his lead role in the drama.
Although Yu Zheng has deleted his original post containing all his allegations, speculation among netizens is rife as screenshots of the post continue to circulate the web.
At press time, Chen Xiao has not commented on the allegations.
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