Chinese period drama Legend of Yunxi (芸汐传) is getting a remake! The 2018 series starring Zhang Zhehan (張哲瀚), Ju Jingyi (鞠婧禕), and Merxat Yalkun (米熱) as the main leads aired on iQiyi to high popularity.
However, due to Zhehan’s 2021 scandal in which he was accused of being pro-Japanese and heavily criticized for taking photos in front of shrines honoring imperial Japanese military officers, he has been boycotted in China. In addition to his social media accounts, his movies, music, and television series have all been removed.
The remake of the popular drama will retain the original storyline, which revolves around an imperial physician’s daughter, Han Yunxi, who is not only beautiful and kind, but also a talented physician who is exceptionally skilled at detoxifying poisons. Taking place during the chaotic Three Kingdoms period, Han Yunxi is forced into marriage with the crown prince and gets wrapped into palace politics.
Due to the drama’s initial success, there are high expectations for the big-budget remake. It is alleged that the choice of female lead is among Dilraba Dilmurat (迪麗熱巴), Liu Yifei (劉亦菲), and Peng Xiaoran (彭小苒)–all who ooze celestial aura in period dramas.
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.