Holy drama moly, even if half this news is correct it’s still the biggest drama news in Greater China in years. Filming starts this August on the conceptual sequel to China’s biggest hit C-drama ever The Legend of Zhen Huan with a career making turn by Sun Li as titular concubine turned empress. The upcoming Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace is already the most buzzed about production thanks to the casting of A-list movie star Zhou Xun as the female lead, at an apparently astronomical salary.
With Zhou Xun the only confirmed star and this being from the same production of Zhen Huan, the drama has already been pre-sold at a price higher than any C-drama in history. Now the excitement has been dialed up even further a notch with industry buzz that HK acting legend Tony Leung is making his first return to television in 27 years as the male lead in Ruyi opposite Zhou Xun, with an never before head price tag of $23 million US dollars (750 million NT) salary. If he’s in expect Ruyi to out star-stud Zhen Huan with so many supporting actors and actresses clamoring for a role, it’s going to be such a treat.