Two lucky girls are cast as the heroines in a remake of the "Dream of the Red
Chamber" TV series according to an announcement made on Saturday.
The two girls, Li Xudan and Yao Di, outshone a pool of applicants in the
Li Xudan will play the role of Lin Daiyu, or
Sister Lin, an intelligent and gifted girl who died of grief, as her love for
Jia Baoyu was opposed by his feudal family.
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Yao Di will take on the role of Xue Baochai, who observed the feudal moral
code and was forced to marry Jia Baoyu.
The tragic love triangle of Jia Baoyu, Lin Daiyu and Xue Baochai is the
centerpiece of the play.
The two actresses won the contest launched last summer by Beijing Television
Station to find actors for the three leading roles in the remake of the TV
series. Pretty girls from across China competed for this rare opportunity.
Eighteen-year-old Li Xudan has been an actress for the Yue Opera, a
traditional Chinese opera famous for its morbidezza. Yao Di graduated from the
Beijing Film Academy, and has acted in many TV plays.
The casting of Jia Baoyu, another leading role of the play, remains
undecided, according to the director-in-chief Hu Mei.