Since The Rise of Phoenixes凰权弈天下has decided to release stills of the entire main cast, I might as well include some short descriptions for each character.
Co-directed by Shen Yan (The First Half of My Life) and Liu Haibo (Chinese Style Relationship), and scripted by Zou Yue (Guardian of Beauty), Wang Pei (I’m Not A Monster) and Qian Mi (Painted Skin II: The Resurrection, drama ver. Guns and Roses), the 70 episode drama is tentatively scheduled for a late-2018 premiere on Dragon TV and Zhejiang TV.
Rush to the Dead Summeris a coming-of-age drama starring Chen Xuedong(The Great Wall) as a talented artist who is later swamped with accusations of plagiarism, Zheng Shuang (Love O2O) as his love interest and Bai Jingting (recently seen on well-received variety show Who’s the Murderer?) as his best friend who is not in love with his girlfriend.
The casting is now finalised for The Rise of Phoenixes, the upcoming historical drama starring Chen Kun(Chongqing Hot Pot) as an ambitious prince who has his eyes set on the throne and Ni Ni (Suddenly Seventeen) as an intelligent young woman determined to restore her kingdom.
Could Guo Jingming finally have a decent TV adaptation of his novels? The trailer so far seems lovely, and casting of Zheng Shuang, Chen Xuedong, Bai Jingting, Xia Ziting and Chai Biyun is perfect.
Rush to the Dead Summer follows the main lead Lu Xiaosi (Chen Xuedong). Xiaosi is an introverted but talented illustrator who began publishing under a pseudonym in high school. He finally made it big in college and started his own publishing company, only to be caught in accusations of plagiarism. As if afraid you can’t figure out that this story is about him, Guo Jingming made the main lead’s name (小司) literally being a homophone of his own pseudonym (小四).
This is the second time Chen Xuedong will play Guo Jingming, the last time being when he played Zhou Chongguang, an annoying writer who would never turn in his writings in time, in Tiny Times 1/2/3/4. We get it, guys, you guys are soulmates.
Being a Guo Jingming story, there are also a lot of love triangles. Xiaosi is joined by the extroverted and sunny bff who will literally die for him Lu Zhihang (Bai Jingting), the perfect(ly dull) female lead Lixia (Zheng Shuang) who he dates, the spunky Yujian (Xia Ziting) with dreams of being a rockstar and a love triangle of her own , and the vain Cheng Qiqi (Chai Biyun) who also likes Xiaosi.
Chen Xiang as Tinghao, 17. Fierce fighter but child-at-heart, he’s a ray of sunshine to Baicao. He’s born in a family of Taekwondo masters. He was like brothers with Ruobai, but hates Songbo Academy.
I can’t believe Yang Yang‘s finally getting a modern lead!!!! This has been such a great year for some of my favorite underrated actors, including all three of the male leads here.
Drama Whirlwind Girl 旋风少女, which started filming this week and is scheduled for a summer release, stars Hu Bingqing, Yang Yang, Chen Xiang, Bai Jingting, Tan Songyun, and Zhao Yuanyuan. As the third drama by author Ming Xiaoxi to be adapted, this is the youngest cast yet, with the entire cast 15+ years younger than that of Summer of Bubbles.
On a side note, the fact that Hunan TV picked Hu Bingqing who has almost no previous work indicates a strong likelihoodQin’s Moon, for which she’s the female lead, will air soon since Whirlwind Girl already has a scheduled air date in June for Hunan TV’s Sunday/Monday weekly slot.