A name change for a novel to drama adaptation is so common these days, and increasingly the character names are changed as well and only the story outline remains the same. It’s likely to avoid Chinese censors if the story fictionalizes the lives of real life historical or cultural figures. Upcoming fantasy period drama adaptation of Tong Hua novel Once Promised (曾许诺 Ceng Shu Nuo) will now have a Chinese title of 上古情歌 (Ancient Times Love Song), but I’ll still call it Once Promised for the time being.
The main cast is now finalized after leads Huang Xiaoming and Victoria Song were announced a few weeks ago and filming also just started. Rising C-actor Sheng Yi Lun of Go Princess Go fame (or infamy lol) is the second male lead and Xu Lu is the second female lead. Huang Xiaoming plays the General Qi Yo (Chi You) character, Victoria is Princess Xuan Yuan Ba (Xi Ling Heng), Sheng Yi Lun is Prince Shao Hao (future Grand Emperor), and Xu Lu is Princess Sheng Nong Yun Xang. I really dig this casting,