Rock Artist-filmmaker Cui Jian has announced yet another foray into film, this time a rock opera based on the nine sons of the Emperor Kangxi vying for the throne. The opera, tentatively title Nine Dragons 摇滚九子, is likened to the musical Six and will feature the teams of the princes as rivaling rock bands in an 80’s battle of the bands.
Singer-actor Chen Kun plays the insolent second prince. Wang Leehom and Da Zhang Wei guest stars as two short-lived competitors – the first and third princes. Wang Kai plays the fourth prince (later the Emperor Yongzheng) , while Lu Han plays his bandmate the Thirteen Prince. Xiao Zhan plays his chief rival the Eighth prince while his bandmates the Ninth Prince and Tenth Prince are played by Xiao Shunyao and Yan Xujia respectively. Tan Jianci plays their new lead singer, the Fourteenth Prince. Cui Jian himself will play their father and the judge.
Edit: The cast has been corrected to include Wang Leehom and Xiao Shunyao. Rumors are there’s a chance the production team is considering replacing one of the cast with Aarif Rahman just because he looks like Wang Leehom, but who knows.