|Yaya Ying takes the coveted temptress role in the new Jan Dara.|
When word first started circulating that veteran director and dramatist ML Bhandevanop "Mom Noi" Devakula wanted to remake Jan Dara, much of the speculation about the project had to do with who would take on the roles of the various women in the erotic drama.
Based on a novel by Utsana Phleungtham, Jan Dara (จัน ดารา) is a tale of family dysfunction and rivalry between a womanizing nobleman and his illegitimate son. It was previously adapted as a film by Nonzee Nimibutr in 2001. In the new version, the bastard son Jan will be portrayed by Love of Siam heartthrob Mario Maurer.
Now, with news of the new Jan Dara's success at the Cannes Film Market, studio Sahamongkolfilm International has decided it's time to send out a press release to clear things up and put an end to the rumors about the female roles.
Starring as Boonleuang will be Ratha Pho-ngam (รฐา โพธิ์งาม). She's Jan's father's worldly live-in mistress, previously portrayed by Hong Kong's Christy Chung. Better known as Yayaying, Ratha is a 29-year-old pop singer who's the daughter of comedienne Noi Po-ngam, making her the niece of veteran comedian and actor Thep Po-ngam. If IMDb can be believed, Yaya or Ying or Yayaying made her feature-film debut in Only God Forgives, the crime drama starring Ryan Gosling that director Nicolas Winding Refn recently filmed in Bangkok.
Names previously rumored in connection to the role have been Marsha Wattanapanich and "Benz" Pornchita na Songkhla. But, sorry ladies, no dice.
It's been known for awhile that actress "Tak" Bongkot Kongmalai had a role in Jan Dara, but now it's been confirmed that she'll portray Waad, the aunt/stepmother (it's complicated) of Jan. Waad was portrayed in Nonzee's version by Wipawee Jaroenpura. Tak's just 27, and already she's being shunted into the "mother" roles.
Another actress that's been mentioned is Japanese AV star Sho Nishino, and she's in the movie, somewhere, likely among the coterie of women that Jan's sex-crazed father keeps around.