Following the success of their latest dramas, Dilraba Dilmurat (迪丽热巴) and Gong Jun (龚俊) are rumored to team up and lead Youku’s big-budget historical romance Legend of Anle <安乐传>. Official announcements have yet to be made, but is believed to be released soon as there are speculations the drama will begin filming in July.
Legend of Anle is an adaptation of novelist Xing Ling‘s (星零) Di Huang Shu <帝皇书>, which has been dubbed as a female version of Nirvana in Fire <琅琊榜>. It revolves around heroine Di Ziyuan, who seeks revenge after her entire family was falsely accused of treason and beheaded under the emperor’s edict 10 years ago. As the only survivor, she changes her name to Ren Anle and schemes her way into the palace. While she admires crown prince Han Ye’s empathy for the common people’s welfare and slowly develops feelings for him, she remains haunted by her past and is unable to put behind the enmity between the Di and Han families. Driven by his deep love for Di Ziyuan, Han Ye vows to resolve their differences at any cost….
While the premise of Legend of Anle holds promise, the key is whether the story can be successfully adapted by screenwriter Rao Jun (饶俊), whose other scripts besides 2015’s The Journey of Flower <花千骨>, did not perform well. Criticized for 2016’s adaptation of Love Lost in Times <醉玲珑> for changing the original story in a strange manner, Rao Jun’s subsequent works have been largely flops and his track record does not instill netizens’ confidence in Legend of Anle.
The drama will be directed by Gary Sing (成志超), whose representative work is the highly successful boys’ love (BL) historical Word of Honor <山河令>.
Aside from the production team, many feel there is already an oversaturation of cliche historical romances. Dilraba’s fans feel that Di Ziyuan’s characterization closely resembles Li Changge from The Long Ballad <长歌行>, and urges the actress to take on more diversified roles instead.
Gong Jun is the hottest actor to watch lately after causing big waves with his performance in Word of Honor, and his commercial value is steadily climbing. Pairing with Dilraba, an actress of significant social influence, may continue to boost Gong Jun’s exposure levels. However, fans do not feel that an idol historical romance is the right vehicle for the actor at this point in his career, and believe he should pick roles carefully to transform his image with a project that can show a different side of his acting skills.
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.