Zhou Xun as the Leading Lady in Legend of Zhen Huan Sequel
Initial news has recently been released about the Legend of Zhen Huan sequel! The sequel’s official English title is Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace, but you may also know it as the Legend of Ruyi or the Chinese title Hou Gong: Ru Yi Zhuan. A teaser still (shown above) was released along with the exciting confirmation that the acclaimed actress Zhou Xun will be headlining the drama as the female lead. Zhou Xun has been in a number of films and most recently returned to the silver screen in the 2014 c-drama Red Sorghum. She will be playing the role of Empress Ulanara, who was a real historical figure. According to Empress Ulanara’s biography, she had a tumultuous life and was actually the second empress of Emperor Qianlong. Based on this alone I’m sure the sequel will have plenty of palace drama.
The drama is set to start filming in August 2016. No other cast members have been confirmed for the drama as of now.
The casting of Zhou Xun makes me a lot more excited for the sequel. Her acting is great and I know she will deliver. I’m also hoping that the same styling team will be used so I can see more awesome hairstyles. 😉 However, I’m keeping my hopes at bay. Just because this is the sequel doesn’t mean it will necessarily be a hit. I really wonder if it can top or be on par with the original. I mean, how many more schemes can the concubines come up with?!?! If I were the author (of the novel that Ruyi is based on), I would’ve run out of schemes. o_O The thing with this sequel is that it has to differentiate itself from LZH while still maintaining the same high quality of production, acting, writing, etc. Lastly, although I like the period/palace genre and survived 76 episodes of scheming, backstabbing and total angst in LZH, I’m not sure I can do it again. >_>