The popular success of The Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略> has heralded the comeback of palace dramas as well as led viewers to warmly embrace Wu Jinyan (吳謹言) and Nie Yuan’s (聶遠) pairing. In an upcoming period drama produced by the Yanxi production team, Beauty Hao Lan <皓鑭傳> will see the two paired up again, this time in a love-hate relationship set in the ancient Warring States period.
Loosely based on historical facts, Nie Yuan’s character Lu Bu Wei will “buy” over Wu Jinyan’s character , Li Haolan, with a contract. He declared his love to her in a domineering tone, “Don’t even think of escaping from me in this lifetime.”
Telling the story between the Zhao and Qin states, Lu Buwei’s purchase of Li Haolan, the daughter of a high-ranking Zhao official, will set the period drama into motion. Rendered homeless due to her family’s struggles, Li Haolan agrees to the deal in an attempt to change her personal fate. She later collaborates with Qin leader, Ying Yiren (played by Mao Zijin 茅子俊), thereby kickstarting a series of bloody affairs that will intertwine both her own and her country’s political fates.
In the drama, Li Haolan will fall in love with Lu Buwei, and be forced to choose between love and power. She throws internal affairs in the state of Zhao into chaos and successfully gains the title of Queen Dowager Zhao, while her lover Lu Buwei also ascends to become Chancellor. The two will be entangled in a complicated love triangle alongside Ying Yiren, and Li Haolan’s perseverance will be tested in the show with the trailer showing a scene where she is pinned to the ground, half-stripped and beaten as punishment.
Showing her vengeful motives, Li Haolan utters in the trailer, “I will accumulate more power and riches, to let those who humiliate me pay the price,” Her lover Lu Buwei will be forced to face her lust for power , as she threatens, “Do you believe that I can wrestle power from you anytime…”
Fans can look forward to many of the original cast’s performances, including Zhuo Tan (譚卓), who will don majestic costumes under producer Yu Zheng (於正). The drama will air on November 15 on iQiyi.com.
“Beauty Hao Lan” Trailer
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.