As former EXO member Kris Wu remains in custody on sexual assault charges, the drama in which he starred has resumed filming with a new lead actor.
On May 10th, a Taiwanese media outlet ETtoday reported, “The historical drama The Golden Hairpin, which was temporarily halted due to Kris Wu’s scandal, has started re-shooting.”
The producers of The Golden Hairpin have found another lead actor to replace Kris Wu and have signed a contract with him. They revealed that the filming is currently underway under wraps. The director remains unchanged, and while initially planned as a 60-episode series, some scenes have been removed, resulting in a 40-episode production.
Kris Wu was arrested in 2020 on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting a minor under the pretext of auditions and fan meetings. The woman who first exposed Kris Wu’s actions revealed, “Kris never used contraception during sex and never fulfilled his promise to support her in the entertainment industry.” She also claimed that “there are more than seven victims, including minors,” shocking the public.
A Chinese court sentenced Kris Wu to 13 years in prison in November last year and ordered his deportation from China upon completion of his sentence.
The Chinese entertainment industry quickly cut ties with Kris Wu, and the China Drama Association issued a statement saying, “Kris Wu had a negative impact on the industry.” Notably, The Golden Hairpin, Kris Wu’s first project, had completed all filming but was shelved. The drama reportedly cost around 40 billion KRW (approx. $35 million) to produce.
Meanwhile, Kris Wu debuted with EXO but left the group in 2013 after filing a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to nullify his exclusive contract.