Mainland director-producer Yu Zheng has started ripping off actresses in the industry once again, and this time, it was actress Zhu Xudan.
On 14 January, the producer went live on social media, where he spoke about the experience of producing the costume drama, “Five Blessings” and answering fans’ questions about the project.
When one netizen asked why the lead actress was changed right before filming start, Yu – without naming names – revealed that it was the original leading lady who announced her resignation.
Said Yu, when they were first negotiating with the actress, she showed great interest in the role and even turned down a lead role for another drama. Yu stated that he was told by the actress that she doesn’t care about the cast and other things as long as the script is good.
However, as they were ready to start filming, the actress decided to withdraw from the project and instead get involved in the previous drama that she supposedly rejected.
Calling the actress unprofessional, Yu said that he was grateful to be able to cast Wu Xuanyi as a replacement.
Despite not saying any names, netizens were quick to investigate and find that the actress was Zhu Xudan, sparking the wrath of Zhu’s fans who then went on to blast Yu Zheng in the comments.
In response, Yu posted a chat record that he alleged to be between him and a representative of Zhu’s agency, where the representative apologised to him and said that they would reprimand the actress.