It's being a while, almost 10 years, since the last adaptation of 笑傲江湖 / Smiling Proud Wanderer in 2001, not counting the modern spin-off 黑糖群侠传. And SPW being one of the most popular Jin Yong books, I'm hoping the producers will think about making a new adaptation soon!
If a new SPW TV series is coming out, who would you like to see in it??
Here's my wishlist!
Linghu Chong - Hu Ge
Hu Ge had said in a interview that his favourite wuxia character is Linghu Chong, I really want to see him act it out and he'll be good at it too if it was his favourite char! And plus his expertise with ancient dramas, and geat performances in Chinese Paladin 1 & 3, Legend of the Condor Heroes, The Myth, etc makes him the perfect choice imo!
Ren Yingying - Liu Shishi
Liu Shishi is in the same company as Hu Ge and has been in a number of TV series with him, but each time his love interest is always someone else! So I reckon Liu deserves "女一号" (first lady) role with Hu Ge this time! Ren Yingying is a complicated character with many different faces and emotions. But we have seen from Liu Shishi that she can act out the cold, the cute, the fierce, the bossy, the loving, and many different styles from her works such as Legend of the Condor Heroes, Chinese Paladin 3 and Clothing the World.
Yue Lingshan - Jing Tian or Yang Mi
Jing Tian - An upcoming actress (and a singer too) - young, very cute and very lively. She's from Beijing Dance Academy so she should be okay with the martial arts moves. She hasn't been in any wuxia series yet, but here's a great place to start!
Yang Mi - Perfect for a character like YLS, and it'll be Chinese Paladin 3 all over again.
Lin Pingzhi - Qiao Zhenyu
He did a great job as CJL in Book & Sword 2009. And I loved watching him getting his poor *** kicked around in DoMD, he'll be in for more in SPW.
Yue Buqun - Li Jie
Yes, the Lin Pingzhi from 10 years ago! It wouldn't be hard to make him look a bit older now to fit Yue Buqun. He's got the kind and caring look, and the scheming, villainous look. He'd also be continuing his tradition of castrating himself to learn the Bixie Sword Manual!
Dongfang Bubai - Kong Lin
With her usually short hairstyle, I reckon Kong Lin looks more like a man than most other actresses. With a bit of work it should be easy to make her look gender neutral. And I loved her performance of Huang Rong in Return of the Condor Heroes!
Ren Woxing - Elvis Tsui
Elvis Tsui has been in so many wuxia movies and TV series that whenever I think of a villainous, powerful, middle-age man in wuxia I immediately think of him! I don't think he's acted Ren Woxing before, so we can add Ren Woxing to his long list of wuxia villians.
Lan Fenghuang - Eva Huang
I didn't think much of Eva Huang initially, in fact I felt she was the least deserving of the 四小花旦 title. However after seeing her as Wen Qingqing in Sword Stained with Royal Blood, I thought she'll be pretty good in wuxia series. She probably won't want to act in a minor role like Lan Fenghuang, but I'm also hoping that the new adaptation will feature more of Lan Fenghuang's story, and it's a wishlist anyway hehe!