And this is why I keep emphasizing you can’t trust everything you read. Not only do people write things with biases, but also some people just plain make up stuff.
There was news floating around stating that Han Geng said he will not be in New Meteor Garden, and where he also talks about a SJM and A-ONE rivalry. Neither I nor darklight found anything where Han Geng says anything like this. Usually whenever news about New Meteor Garden is posted, it’s fairly noticeable on Sina, which is supposedly where this news was taken from. It also seemed odd he would address rivalry with a group who has not debuted.
This is the false article: (posting this because I feel some people were confused at this post)
Rumors have bothered ELF all over Asia about Han Geng being the chosen actor to play the character Hwa Ze Lei on the Chinese Meteor Garden revision as it will ruin his group’s name Super Junior.
In an ambush interview with Han Geng, he stated “I haven’t received any clear offer about it yet. I think the role is cool but I don’t think I will accept it. I am Super Junior, not an F4. F4 has left the memory to Meteor Garden and I don’t feel like doing it like I am trying to beat their acting or what. I want to have a role that is more interesting and that has never done by others yet. It’s not because I’m picky, but I want ELF be proud of me carrying Super Junior’s name wherever I go.”
Han Geng also answered the rising rivalry between Super Junior-M and A-One in China which he said “I respect all the groups of the world. I believe we are here because we love music and not because we want to beat someone else. I would rather go back to my simple life than let others think I am blinded by fame and game for competition. I’m not like that. If we receive awards, it’s an accomplishment of our hard works, not as a prize of winning while others lost.”
I notified mods at Asianfanatics, where I believe the article originated, and they didn’t find anything either after searching through not only Sina, but Baidu etc, so I’m pretty sure between me and darklight, and the Chinese-literate mods at Asianfanatics, this is completely false. They closed the topic, but I’m not sure how many people who have read the article will know that it was false. With his “70%” odds of actually being in this movie, I think it’s necessary to make a post to point this out, so if he is part of “New Meteor Garden” he won’t look like a jerk whose words mean absolutely nothing. This article has already spread from Asianfanatics to at least four sites that I know of, and many blogs. People are going to have a rude awakening if the cast list for the next F4 is announced and he’s on it.
I do not know why someone would have made this up. It seems really, really odd doesn’t it? I don’t know whether the person wanted to hurt Han Geng or make him look good. People in fandom have way too much time on their hands. It was very well-written for something that was probably completely made-up and it definitely had me fooled for a while; I thought I hadn’t seen it because I hadn’t been checking SINA as much lately. Personally, I’m glad to find out that he didn’t say anything like that, because it seemed too rude for Han Geng no matter how well stated the words were. This decision to enter this drama could be one of convenience, since he was actually already supposed to be in a Hunan drama before this one was announced, but that previous one is not materializing. I’m not even sure if the Super Junior boys can do their own decision making on whether or not to enter dramas, since it probably would rake in tons for SM. Besides, as darklight has pointed out to me Hunan and SM are “friends”.
Anyway, since I’ve already taken the time to make a post on this, the newest rumors on Hana Yori Dango are now that Guo Jingming, the best-selling Chinese author who is currently the lone entry in the literature category, is being recruited to play Hua Zelei, or Rui. I doubt that rumour will ever become anything substantial, but it is kind of funny. He’d get the pretty, sensitive part right I think.
So…anyway, I’ll post the actual cast when it’s confirmed, but right now, everything is rumors, and just remember not all fangirls (or boys since apparently the poster of the false article on asianfanatics listed himself as a Korean male) in Asian fandom can be trusted.