Lol. I’m dying at the implication of this whole Qing drama. With Zhou Xun and Wallace Huo‘s palace drama, Ru Yi, set to draw in viewers, Yu Zheng can’t sit still and let the opportunity pass by his head. He’s producing his own Qing drama, tentatively called Yan Xi’s Conquest (延禧攻略) and inviting some big stars (Qin Lan, Charmaine Sheh, and Nie Yuan) to lay foundation while having his own actress Wu Jin Yan (Zhao Ge) in the leading role. If you have watched Princess Pearls (Huan Zhu Ge Ge), you would recognize the three female characters. HA!
Our female lead, Wu Jin Han. She plays the kind-hearted Consort Ling. The story focuses on her romance with Qianlong and her conflict as she enters the forbidden kingdom in search of the truth behind her sister’s death. Under the guidance of Empress Xiaoxianchun, she grows into a strong and upright palace woman (really? not the other way?) With the Empress’s death, she ultimately becomes the emperor’s woman.
The bald head actor next to her is Xu Kai. He plays Fu Heng, brother of the Empress Xiaoxianchun.
Qin Lan (as Empress Xiaoxianchun), Nie Yuan (as Qianlong), Wu Jin Yan, Xu Kai, and Lawrence Wang Guan Yi.
Yu Zheng looks mighty proud and dedicated to his craft.
Charmaine Sheh will play Consort Xian, later Ulanara, the Step Empress. In Princess Pearls, the evil queen who’s always at the ladies’ throats. Lol.
Directed by Hui Kai Dong (Ji Du Jing Ying) and Wen De Guang (Change A Life-style), and written by Yu Zheng, Yan Xi’s Conquest is slated for ~45-50 episodes.