On November 29, the streaming service launched "The Substitute", a 20-episode action/spy series with a Chinese-American production team.
iQIYI, the world's seventh most downloaded app according to a report by App Annie, is making efforts to combine US and Chinese talents in response to China's demand for varied and quality entertainment. In a statement to Variety, filmmaker Sun Chan explained: "We believe that pairing up Chinese and US talents will play a significant role in meeting China's insatiable demand for high quality content."
"The Substitute" features model-turned-actress Han Lu as a woman who undergoes plastic surgery and ends up looking exactly like her role model, a double agent/supermodel. Episodes are available to users to download all at once, or one episode per day, Monday to Friday for four weeks.