Yu Zheng (于正) is back in the game with a new installment of his popular idol series Palace, also known as Gong. The Qing Dynasty series’ first installment, the time-traveling romantic comedy Palace: The Locked Heart Jade <宫锁心玉>, was the series that shot both Yang Mi (杨幂) and Feng Shaofeng (冯绍峰) to superstardom back in 2011. The second series, Palace: The Locked Beaded Curtain <宫锁珠帘>, or Palace 2, affirmed Du Chun (杜淳) and Mickey He (何晟铭) as popular actors in Chinese television, and also introduced Yuan Shanshan (袁姗姗) as a rising new star.
In hopes to promote her as the next Yang Mi, Yuan Shanshan returns to star in Palace 3, known as Palace: The Lost Daughter <宫锁连城>. She portrays Song Liancheng, a seemingly ordinary city girl who by chance meets Fuchai Hengtai (Lu Yi 陆毅), the son of a noble. They fall in love, but their fates become divided when it is discovered that Hengtai was adopted, and that Liancheng was actually the true offspring of Fuchai.
It is reported that Palace 3 is set to air sometime in mid-April 2014 on the primetime slot for Hunan TV. Promoted as one of the biggest costume productions of 2014, the series also has elements of fantasy. Recently, new stills of Palace 3 were published online, showing a nude Yuan Shanshan submerged in a clear tub. For the scene, Yuan Shanshan wore a nude-colored leotard and spent several hours in the tub. The producer revealed that the scene depicted in the stills is a turning point for the series.
Palace 3 also stars Gao Yunxiang (高云翔), Shirley Dai (戴娇倩), Yang Rong(杨蓉), and Wang Lin (王琳).
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.