Although casting has been long over with and the producers of Tran Thu Do have already revealed the role of Queen Tran Thi Dung will be taken up by La Thanh Tuyen, fans nationwide are still persistent that Ngo Phuong Lan should have gotten this honor.
After Duong Truong Thien Ly‘s resignation from the series, the film’s producers have spent much time and effort looking for a replacement. Requirements for this role included physical beauty, good acting, and of course, having a scandal-free record. At the time when casting was still in process, most TV-related online forums began raising debates to nominate Thien Ly’s replacement. Although many names were brought up, Miss VietNam Global 07–Ngo Phuong Lan was officially the most mentioned for possessing that very kind & gentle beauty necessary to play a queen. Along with that, she also has the grace, charm, and brains (check out her awesome final answer at Miss VN Global; 0:55) needed to be Tran Thi Dung.
But to most’s dismay, the final announcement only left netizens nationwide unsatisfied.
In the course of all this, it was revealed that Ngo Phuong Lan has never even considered trying out for the role as she was & is currently still busy with her own schedule. In response to this online commotion, the filmakers expressed that they only wanted to find an experienced actress who can for sure act. Director Dao Duy Phuc also added, “After the problem with Thien Ly, we are setting higher standards for acting skills rather than simply just beauty.”