Princess Agents has released first stills of the leads just a month and a half into filming, and features Zhao Liying as Chu Qiao, Lin Gengxin as Yuwen Yue, Shawn Dou as Yan Xun and Li Qin as Yuan Chun. I recall being swept up in the high-stakes and torturous story of the original novel, though after a string of disappointing adaptions, I’ve learned to go into these types of dramas with zero expectations.
Female lead Chu Qiao time travels back to one of the most turbulent periods in history, and slowly climbs up the ranks to become the most respected female warrior. Of course, no romance story would be complete without a love triangle, and the drama has settled with royalty from the Northern and Southern Dynasties. This was a chaotic time characterised by war and civil unrest, hence it is becoming a popular choice for all the alternate universe stories being adapted for the small screen (recent examples include Nirvana in Fire, Princess Weiyoung).
Production company Ciwen Media’s recent credits include Journey of Flower 花千骨 and Lure of the Huaxu Song 华胥引之绝爱之城, which doesn’t exactly sound like a good thing whichever way you look at it. It does look like it will be a bonafide ratings hit though, since this star-studded 52 episode epic has been bought by popular satellite channel Hunan TV.