How can anyone not love pandas? With the earthquake in Sichuan last year and the sending of two pandas to Taiwan, pandas again rose to the spotlight. A salut to all the panda tributes, including those from Jay Chou, Disney, Yang Lei and Huang Xiaoming, coming out recently.
Jay Chou held the press conference for a drama series tentatively named “Panda Men” on the 16th. Jay says that he “loves watching Super Hero movies, but Chinese people don’t have a modern day hero. All Chinese heroes are from the ancient times, so I want to do something that no one else has yet done.” Jay says he came up with the idea long before Kungfu Panda, but never had the time to do it.
“Panda Men” will be set in 2030 and stars two righteous males, dubbed “熊猫侠/Panda Hero” and “熊猫超人/Panda Superman,” who will protect “光明市/Bright City.”
Other than being the director, Jay will also play the mayor/ex-chief of the police of the city. Jay says that the Taiwanese lead actress has already been chosen, but not the mainland one. Jay wants a new actress with “big eyes, long hair and good acting. Zhou Xun would be perfect, but it’ll be weird for famous actresses to be in a TV series. Newbies are easier to control.”
Meanwhile, Disney is releasing a Chinese movie about a boy returning a lost panda home (I swear I’ve seen a movie like that before). Super Girl Yang Lei is also releasing her new EP called “Panda Come.”
In the midst of filming what was suppose to be his last drama, “An Xiang,” Huang Xiaoming made a note to check on his two adopted pandas, Pingping and An’an (pingpinganana=safe and healthy). Huang Xiaoming is the official ambassador for Panda Loving and will soon join in a series of love relays dedicated to the pandas.