Riding high on the success of Love Between Fairy and Devil <蒼蘭訣> last summer, actress Esther Yu (虞書欣) quickly entered the league of post-95 flowers with her popularity. While she has been confirmed as the female lead of time-travel period drama Black Lotus Tactics Manual <黑蓮花攻略手冊>, the race is on for the male lead role, said to be a fight between Leo Wu (吳磊), Ryan Ding (丁禹兮) and others!
Actors in the Race
Already confirmed as female lead, Esther Yu is likely to have a say in the as-yet-announced casting of the male lead. Heating up speculation, netizens are calling it a fight of the century, with discussions have also thrown up names of popular liuliang actors Dylan Wang (王鶴棣) and Arthur Chen Feiyu (陳飛宇), on top of Leo and Arthur.
High on the radar after pairing with actress Zhou Yutong (周雨彤) in Nothing But You <愛情而已>, former child actor Leo Wu made viewers sit up in popular onscreen CPs together with actresses Rosy Zhao Lusi (趙露思) and Tan Songyun (譚松韻), quickly earning the reputation of high onscreen compatibility with female co-stars. Meanwhile, support for Dylan to snag the role is also high, as their romantic sparks in Love Between Fairy and Devil proved irresistible.
While all stand a good chance, netizens believe that Esther is more inclined towards picking Leo in an on-par casting, given his strong potential, even giving the CP the nickname “incomparable”, combining their respective names with creative wordplay.
Adapted from a web novel by Bai Yu Zhao Diao Gong (白羽摘雕弓), the story centers on Lin Miao Miao, who
time-travels to the setting of a fantasy novel. Set to play the book’s supporting female character, she is tasked with plotting against the female lead Mu Yao; on top of seducing the male protagonist Liu Fo Yi, Miao Miao also has to scheme against the supporting male character Mu Sheng. To cover up her tracks, Miao Miao has to lie convincingly or risk being ridiculed as “white lotus flower”, thus making her role particularly challenging.
A web fiction hit spilling into published novel and comic formats, the drama adaptation of Black Lotus was confirmed this year. Golden producer Wang Yixu (王一栩) who was behind surprise hit Love Between Fairy and Devil, will be at the helm.