Casting for the highly anticipated film Mao Zedong has not yet been finalized, but Weibo users seem to know who they want playing Mao. Rumors spread on Weibo yesterday that Jiang Wen was chosen, and one a Chinese film critic challenged his followers to produce Photoshops of what Jiang would look like playing Mao.
User CindyBear8888 finished the job in one hour and her production has become very popular, having been retweeted by Tan Fei along with 1,359 other people.
CindyBear8888 created an image of Mao with Jiang’s face and bear smoking a cigarette and said, “Han Sanping intends to film Mao Zedong, he invited Jiang Wen to play Mao, Tan Fei asked who can Photoshop this. I tried to make the following picture, but the technology is poor. Everyone feels Jiang Wen should play Mao Zedong. How does it feel?”
Jiang would seem a fitting choice. According to his Chinese-language Wikipedia page:
Jiang said he admired Mao Zedong. Mao Zedong was his idol as a youth. Once in his house, all of his book were related to Mao: Mao Zedong’s Selected Works, some books about Mao, and Mao’s favorite book, Rong Jiang Essay.
But according to an article published at iFeng news’ website, the netizens might be jumping the gun a little too quickly.
Yesterday, someone on a micro-blog said. “Jiang Wen will be in the film Mao Zedong, preforming as Mao Zedong.” After, a reporter called the film company’s publicity director. … The marketing director and the news spokesman of China Film Group both confirmed that China Film Group hasn’t announced any news.
Jiang is married to the beautiful actress Zhou Yun. No word on whether his dating habits are anything like Mao’s.