The upcoming period epic, The Princess Weiyoung <錦繡未央>, officially wrapped up filming on March 27. Starring mainland Chinese actress Tiffany Tang (唐嫣) and mainland Chinese actor Luo Jin (羅晉), The Princess Weiyoung is expected to begin airing in fall 2016.
Filming for The Princess Weiyoung began in December of last year and was initially intended to be completed in February. However, filming such a grand project proved to be more of a challenge than expected, and the schedule was lengthened for an additional month.
Fortunately, the production company behind The Princess Weiyoung had not set a strict limit for the drama’s budget. Moreover, the cast and crew worked tirelessly and without complaint. Lead actress Tiffany Tang, who was on set from the start of filming until the very end, even had to endure 14-hour-long workdays from time to time.
Known for playing kind-hearted and innocent damsels, Tiffany will undergo a transformation for The Princess Weiyoung, in which she plays a two-faced princess set on revenge. On set, Tiffany was frequently seen studying the script, discussing with director Li Huizhu (李慧珠) and her fellow cast members on how to improve a scene, and even practicing scenes during mealtimes.
Male lead Luo Jin, who portrays Tuoba Jun, the emperor’s grandson and the main love interest, also imposed strict demands on himself and insisted on foregoing a stunt double for his fight scenes. Similarly, Taiwanese-American actor Van Ness Wu (吳建豪), who plays villain Tuoba Yu, would look through ancient texts for inspiration, as well as wake up an hour before his scheduled filming block in order to exercise. The Princess Weiyoung will mark his first period drama appearance.
The cast of The Princess Weiyoung also includes Leanne Lau (劉雪華), Taiwanese actress Lily Tien (田麗), mainland Chinese actresses Rachel Mao (毛曉彤) and Hsin Ai Lee (李心艾), and mainland Chinese actor Liang Zhenlun (梁振倫).
The Princess Weiyoung tells the story of a Northern Liang princess named Xi’er, who witnesses the ruin of her country and, vowing to exact revenge, takes on the identity of Li Weiyang, the daughter of a high official in an enemy country. The drama is expected to air in the fall on Dragon TV and Beijing TV, as well as online on Tencent Video.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.