|posted: 2/26/2022 at 8:15:47 AM ET|
Finally, this is it, everyone! The end of the series about the 30 most popular Chinese actors on MDL and their upcoming projects. It has been an exhausting journey of writing and counting hearts, but it was also exciting as well since I got to know what Chinese dramas and movies to check out in 2022!
This article is different from Part 1 and Part 2. Here I changed the layout with lists of their upcoming dramas/movies, plus additional information on the ones I want to watch.
3 Most Popular Chinese Actors
I also changed the title to 3 Most Popular Chinese Actors, as this was my original plan way back then when I started this 10 Most Popular Actors series with Thai, Japanese, and Taiwanese actors. While receiving feedback from the previous articles, I realized there are more actors from those countries whom readers wanted to see but they didn't make the top 10 list. So, I expanded into 30 for Chinese actors. I know there are more actors whom readers deemed better than these 30 and thus should be added to the list. Well, the [MDL] tribe has spoken by giving likes/hearts, so below are the top 10 most popular ones:
#3 - Hu Yi Tian
The drama I hope to be aired this year is the thriller mystery Checkmate that just wrapped on 23 January 2022. It reunited Hu Yi Tian with Leon Zhang, his co-star in the 2020 My Roommate Is a Detective (MRIAD). Checkmate is similar to MRIAD since Hu Yi Tian's character is private detective Si Tu Yan. Together with Leon Zhang's character Luo Shao Chuan and Zhou Mo Wan (Zhang Xin Yu), they investigate criminal cases. This drama is not a sequel to MRIAD but it's an adaptation of Agatha Christie's Poirot books.
Another Hu Yi Tian drama worth checking out is the fantasy romance See You Again, in which his character Xiang Qin Yu is an actor from the Republican era who gets shot and time travels to the modern era and meets rookie screenwriter Jin A Yin (Chen Yu Qi). Together, they investigate the mystery behind his shooting incident on Dramacool set. You can watch the teaser trailer below. Hu Yi Tian always looks good in Republican era costume!
#2 - Lu Han
Although it's still considered top 10 most popular Chinese actors on MDL, Lu Han hasn't been active in dramas or movies last year. In 2021, he only took part in TV variety shows. Although his name is on the cast list for Fox Spirit Matchmaker: Zhu Ye, this actually is still unofficial (source: Sohu). So what is Lu Han doing? According to his page, on November 2021, it was announced that in 2022 (rumored in February, source here) Lu Han is getting married to actress Guan Xiao Tong who he met when they were filming Sweet Combat in 2017 (pictured in the drama). Then we can assume he freed his 2022 schedule from filming a drama/movie as he's busy preparing his wedding. Congratulation to both actors!
Luo Yun Xi's upcoming drama ready for release is the action romance Light Chaser Rescue that has obtained its distribution license in December 2021. He plays lawyer Luo Ben, who reunites with childhood enemy Zhan Yan (Janice Wu/Wu Qian) while looking for his missing brother in an earthquake disaster area.
Since his wuxia drama Immortality with Chen Fei Yu faces airing uncertainty due to the current harsh situation on BL dramas in China, maybe we should look forward to the xianxia Till The End of The Moon. However, probably it won't be aired until the end of year. In the latter drama, Luo Yun Xi reunited with Bai Lu, his co-star from Love Is Sweet (2020). His character is the demon lord Tan Tai Jin, who is married to Bai Lu's character Li Su Su who is supposed to kill him. Also, if last year you watched Miss the Dragon, you will see the exquisite Deng Wei (who played as the Second Male Lead) again in this drama.
#1 - Luo Yun Xi (Leo Luo)
If you're a fan of Song Wei Long, the earliest you can watch him is probably in the upcoming youth romance movie Just For Meeting You that is scheduled to be aired this summer.
For drama buff, the actor has an upcoming thriller scifi drama, Bionic, that is part of the Light On Series. The story is about the not-too-distant future, when humans are relying on bionics for emotional support that triggers a series of cascading crises. The filming was really secretive. I only saw glimpses of a leaked filming scene taken on August 2021 with the two main leads, Song Wei Long and Vicky Chen. However, Douban put the tentative airing as this year on Dramacool.
And of course, the historical mystery A League of Nobleman is actually what a lot of people are waiting for, as it's a BL adaptation as stated in MDL's tag "Censored Adaptation Of Same-sex Original Work". Song Wei Long played the poor scholar Zhang Ping, opposite Jing Bo Ran as Minister of Rites Lan Jue. Is it a BL adaptation, really? According to the manhua author Da Feng Gua Guo, in which the drama is based on her novel "The Mystery of Zhang Guo", it's a thriller mystery without romance at all (source). However, the author has distanced herself from the drama production as she disagrees with Song Wei Long playing Zhang Ping. The actor acted in Untouchable Lovers (201, a drama alleged to have been plagiarized from her other work. According to the author, the drama is different from her novel. So it's possible that the production team made it as a BL drama to ride with The Untamed (2019) and Word of Honor (2021) popularity. However, it's now backfired because of NRTA's call for a boycott against BL shows in September 2021.TextDramacoolDramacool