The next day, Yun Shishi officially joined the production team.
The boot ceremony had become the next morning's headline on several tabloids.
The upcoming movie quickly became a hot topic with its exceptional cast, top production team, and two main leads' ambiguous relationship.
A few newspapers published photos, taken during the ceremony, of the two leads.
With the pairing of the striking Gu Xingze and the stunning Yun Shi`shi, the pictures quickly became the new crowd favorites.
'The Green Apple', via media publicity, became the much-anticipated movie of the year.
At the same time, the film's photoshoots were released on Huanyu's official website.
This film's pictures, compared to other movies', were done very professionally that none could match them. Whereas other movies' photoshoots tended to be sloppily done, this film's photoshoots, whether the raw shots or the edited ones, were executed to perfection. Once they were released, they easily attracted the attention of the novel's large fanbase. It even rose to become the hottest topic on Weibo.
Even the novelist praised the production on Weibo and expressed her high expectation for the movie.
In the beginning, a majority of the superstar's fans populated the message board on the movie's official website to slam Yun Shishi. This was simply because she was the chosen female lead this time. In the past, almost every female lead he was paired with suffered the same sort of attack from his fans.
Soon, the photoshoots attracted the faithful fans of the novel.
Whenever a novel was adapted into a movie or a TV series, fans of the original work would have their say.
It was easy for the readers to immerse themselves in a novel; however, once it was adapted into a TV series or a movie, many factors could bring disappointments to fans, and some of which were poor acting skills, inappropriate selection of cast, or poor screen adaptation.
Fans of the original work were hard to please.
Lin Fengtian, on the other hand, was known for his meticulousness and his attentiveness to every piece of detail in a show he was directing.
A few fans of the novel expressed their concerns over Gu Xingze being chosen for the main lead role when the cast were first announced.
In the novel, the character Yin Dongyu transitioned from being a teenager to a young adult. Since Gu Xingze was already 28, the novel's fans felt that he was too old for the role.
Their fears disappeared at once the moment his photoshoots came out, though.
This was because he had the looks indubitably.
He also looked unbelievably young. While he had been in the show business for over a decade, he did not seem to age for even a day after he had made his debut at the age of 18.
The only difference was that his naivety was long replaced by a mature and kingly disposition.
Yun Shishi's photoshoots equally attracted much praise and attention.
The original novel, 'The Green Apple', had millions of fanbase.
Many fans were initially worried over a newcomer being cast for the novel's film adaption.
It was difficult to replicate the charisma of Yin Xiachun.
Good acting skills might move the character-portrayal along, but charisma was something an average actress did not possess.
During the film's open audition for the female lead, the novel's fans once had a poll for their most-preferred actress to portray the role.
Being the most popular young actress at present, Yang Mi expectedly had the highest vote.
Still, many cried foul following this poll. The fans deemed the actress to be too worldly and old to portray the innocent and pure protagonist properly. None of that schoolgirl's naivete could be found in her.
On the contrary, when Yun Shishi's photoshoots were released, the fans went wild in an instant!
This was clearly the character herself in the show!
She fit the character in the novel so much it was as if Yin Xiachun had walked out of the book itself!