Zanilia Zhao to Lead “Legend of Chusen”
The production team behind new and highly anticipated Mainland Chinese period drama, Legend of Chusen <诛仙-青雲志> has revealed that the cast will include Andy Yang (楊紫), Chinese boyband TFBoys, Qin Junjie (秦俊杰), Cheng Yi (成毅), Tang Yiqin (唐藝昕) and Mao Zijun (茅子俊). Speculation over the leads of the dramas was kept under wraps until recently.
There were rumors that the male lead will be played by Li Yifeng (李易峰), and the female lead played by Angelababy or Amber Kuo (郭采潔), but these were neither confirmed nor denied by official sources. A social media blog recently disclosed that Yifeng will be playing the male lead, but the female lead will actually be played by Zanilia Zhao (趙麗穎).
The source revealed, “It is uncertain when Yifeng will join the filming, probably earliest in January next year. It all depends on whether and when he can free up his schedule. As for the female lead, there have been negotiations held with Zanilia.”
The source subsequently posted an update, “Zanilia has been confirmed for the female lead role. She was only approached recently. Angelababy was being considered for the role before that.”
In response, many fans expressed approval of the choice of actress and posted comments like, “Yay! I’m so happy! If it’s [Zanilia Zhao], I can stop worrying now.” and “That’s great!”
Some fans were however more critical and remarked, “Why is she always playing this type of roles? I’m getting a little bit tired of seeing her all the time!” There were also netizens who maintained a more neutral position and commented, “Hang on, let’s stay calm, fellow fans. We like both Liying and Yifeng. We should support their collaboration!”
This article is written by Jingles for JayneStars.com.