The first post-90s Chinese actress to win multiple Best Actress film awards for her versatile performances, Zhou Dongyu (周冬雨) steps up to the challenge in new xianxia drama, Ancient Love Poetry <千古玦塵>. The drama sees the fresh pairing of Zhou Dongyu with Xu Kai (許凱). Though separated by a three-year age gap (he is 25 and she is 28) and a bit of height (6 feet 1 inch versus 5 feet 3 inches), the two displayed good compatibility and chemistry in the teaser photos released.
After Xu Kai shot to fame from his role as Fucha Fuheng in Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略>, he was favored by historical productions due to his elegant looks and tall stature. Only 25 years old, the baby-faced actor is often paired with older actresses who have more experience than him.
The casting of Zhou Dongyu and Xu Kai was announced in April, when the drama was initially titled Gu Jue Zhuan <古玦传>. Based on the 2012 novel Ancient God (上古) by author Xing Ling (星零), the story follows Shang Gu (Zhou Dongyu) as an immortal who wakes up after a deep sleep by sacrificing herself in a trial that lasted 60,000 years. Though Shang Gu suffers memory loss, her lover Bai Jue (Xu Kai) has waited for her for 60,000 years.
The fresh pairing of the leads and the fact that Ancient Love Poetry is Zhou Dongyu’s first historical drama, has pushed up fans’ anticipation. Photo stills from the set show the co-stars have good chemistry and get along well off cameras. In one of the photos, Xu Kai was captured touching Zhou Dongyu’s face tenderly and looking every bit the devoted gentleman, while she returns the favor with a light peck on his forehead, both dressed in matching period wedding costumes in vibrant red.
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.