C-ent’s puppy love for teen actor Wu Lei will get a treat and a test at the same time when his first major leading role in wuxia C-drama Fights Break Sphere (斗破苍穹) comes out later this year. It’s yet another nth adaptation of a wuxia novel and this one sounds just like Louis Cha‘s bread and butter of a young martial arts master on his hero making journey, with plenty of ladies, rivals, sage masters, and one true soulmate along the way. Wu Lei is only 17 years old and is currently on the Yoo Seung Ho trajectory, but if he doesn’t show that he can hold down the fort in a major epic drama then it’s going to be a huge letdown for folks who have him in such high hopes. His leading lady in Fights Break Sphere is 20 year old movie actress Jelly Lin (Lin Yun) who got her big break as one of Stephen Chow’s leading ladies that he shoots into the stratosphere by casting in his hit movies, and in this case it was the 2016 box office smash The Mermaid. This drama looks visually solid from the character stills, and maybe it’s the layers but Wu Lei has morphed from scrawny teen to substantial young leading man.
holy cow, how come a 17 years old could look that attractive
It was Nirana in Fire that made everyone love him – myself included-, I think its bit soon for him to headline a drama but its a step forward and I just hope its decent. I also hope they don’t try and make him ‘older’, the roles he gets needs to be similar to his age!
I think his first lead role is in Qi Xing Ji tho. Wouldn’t this be his 2nd?
Qi Xing Ji was a web drama, and Wu Lei has been the lead in another web drama also. This particular drama will be his first leading role for a cable/network drama.
Looking forward to this…
I know this is nitpicking, but Battle Through the Heavens (I refuse to call it Fights Break Sphere!) is a xuanhuan rather than a wuxia. That is, it involves waaay more fantasy than the more relatively grounded typical Louis Cha novel.
I’m really excited for this! I saw him in a drama that he was in when he was about ten years old, and I’ve been a fan since then. And I’m so excited to see Li Qin in this! Looks like I’ll have some time to read the novel before the drama comes out!
Didn’t expect Baron Chen to be in this
This boy will be huge. He has been cast in so many high profile films and now the lead of a xianxia drama.
This novel has a HUGE fanbase. For fans of the novel for sure they’ll check out the drama. Nevermind the cast *__* At first I was kind of iffy about Wu Lei for Xiao Yan (wanted Yang Yang but he’s already in another xianxia (Martial Universe) xD) but anyways, I guess I’ll give him a chance.
As a fan of the novel, I’ve seen the anime/manga — and now, can’t wait for the drama adaptation!
So glad to see him looking so dashing and handsome all grown up.
One of the rare actors that I can watch from kid to hunk. No more boyish cast.