Zhang Tianai (The Founding of an Army), Zhang Ruoyun (Sky on Fire) and Xu Weizhou (Addiction) have been announced as the leads of upcoming modern romance drama The Evolution of Our Love 爱情进化论. The producers aren’t promoting it as such, but the story line definitely sounds like a remake of the hit 2011 Taiwanese drama In Time With You.
Zhang Tianai plays Ai Ruoman, a confident and successful career woman who doesn’t seem to have any luck with guys. Zhang Ruoyun plays her best friend of 15 years, a warm-hearted young man with no big aspirations. He loves cooking and gardening and has plenty of admirers, yet hasn’t dated a single person. At the age of 30, neither wants to be labelled a leftover, and the two eventually realise that they are the best match for one another.
Xu Weizhou is also billed as a leading actor, and it seems like he’ll be playing the heroine’s ex-boyfriend. He Hongshan (Above the Clouds, web drama Back in Time), Zhao Dongze (Glory of Tang Dynasty) and Zhang Lingxin (The First Half Of My Life) costar.
The original drama starring Ariel Lin and Chen Bolin was a commercial and critical hit, and both of them received accolades at the Golden Bell Awards. I’m probably part of the minority here, but I detested Cheng Youqing and Li Daren, so actually wouldn’t mind if the Mainland version decides to change up the character’s personalities.
The 45 episode drama is directed by An Zhujian (Go Lala Go! 2) and scripted by new writer Baoqing (Meet Miss Anxiety).