Rumors have been circulating lately that Zanilia Zhao Liying’s (赵丽颖) first piece of work after giving birth in March, would be in a costume drama with Wang Yibo (王一博), who is coming off from the popularity of “The Untamed” (陈情令). Fans thought this was just a mere rumor like previous ones. However, a netizen had noticed a makeup artist had followed both Zanilia Zhao Liying and Wang Yibo on Weibo around August 23, but unfollowed them later on, probably since the casting news wasn’t official yet.
After much speculation, it’s officially confirmed today that Zanilia Zhao Liying and Wang Yibo will be starring as the leads in a new costume drama called, “Legend of Fei” (有翡). The official Weibo account first announced it today by saying, “Hello, Zhou Fei”, tagging Zanilia Zhao Liying and “Hello, Xie Yun”, tagging Wang Yibo. Zanilia Zhao Liying responded to the post saying, “Fei has also arrived.”, while Wang Yibo responded to his post saying, “Yun is here.”
The series is adapted from the 2016 novel “有匪”, written by the famed author, “Priest”. The novel has a “wuxia” (武侠) background. Zanilia Zhao Liying plays “Zhou Fei” (周翡), who is the daughter of one of the prominent families in “jianghu” (江湖). “Zhou Fei” runs away at the age of 13 and meets “Xie Yun” (谢允), played by Wang Yibo, after he saves her in a chance encounter. They meet again 3 years later, but are being chased after by enemies trying to kill them. The two get entangled in a turbulent and scheming plot. This leads them to embark on a journey roaming across the country.
Prior to the announcement, Douban, the Chinese version of IMDb, had already listed Zanilia Zhao Liying and Wang Yibo as the leads with Sun Jian (孙坚) and Zhou Jieqiong (周洁琼) rounding up the cast. As for now, only Zanilia Zhao Liying and Wang Yibo are confirmed as the leads. It’s reported the series will start filming on September 16 in Chengdu.