It’s rare for me to be totally caught off guard but this C-drama news is a major out of nowhere announcement. Tong Hua’s period fantasy wuxia novel Once Promised (Ceng Shu Nuo) is getting a C-drama adaptation starring Huang Xiaoming and Victoria Song (Song Qian). It’s the story of the parents generation before the sequel novel Lost You Forever that I’ve been translating, with Huang Xiaoming and Victoria playing the leads Qi Yo and Xi Ling Heng, who are the parents of LYF’s female lead Xiao Yao. They are not the ones I would have picked in a million years to play the leads but for some reason it’s actually not sounding bad to me. Huang Xiaoming does the bold brash arrogance really well and that’s exactly the character of Qi Yi, while I like that Victoria isn’t one of those dainty slight female leads and if her acting has improved she isn’t a bad pick as the resourceful and impetuous Ah Heng.