A Leading cast member from the upcoming television series Flowers and Butterflies was charged on September 11 with the murder of her housemaid.
Police said actress May Zun tortured 18-year-old Nu Nu Lwin in her Kamaryut township residence before locking her in a bedroom and leaving Yangon on September 8 to visit her hometown of Pathein in Ayeyarwady Region.
May Zun was accompanied on the trip to Pathein by her other housemaid, 13-year-old Zin Zin Htike, the state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper reported on September 13.
The 21-year-old actress returned to Yangon on September 10 and said she called the police when she saw Nu Nu Lwin’s decomposed body. However, neighbours and Zin Zin Htike told police that May Zun had frequently beat Nu Nu Lwin.
A police officer said witnesses allege that May Zun often jumped on her maid’s stomach and beat her with 1-metre-long stick.
According to police, May Zun confessed to the killing during lengthy questioning.
The director of Flowers and Butterflies, Hla Phyo from Forever Group, told The Myanmar Times on September 12 that producers would select a new actress to replace May Zun on September 14.
Flowers and Butterflies is a romantic comedy-drama, or “dramedy”, about student life and will air on MRTV-4 starting December 15. Shooting on the first of the show’s three 30-episdoe seasons is expected to start on October 8.
May Zun was one of eight young people set to make their TV debuts as lead as actors on the series, with a few well-known faces in supporting roles.
“The series revolves around a group of art students and depicts the romance and funny moments in their lives, whether at home or at college,” Hla Phyo said.
He said French directors from Forever Group provided the idea and plot outline, while MRTV-4’s script department wrote the script.
Technicians from France and the Philippines will also be involved, while artistic consultant Maung Thi will work behind the scenes as an acting trainer.