Brace yourselves because the drama sequel to the critically-acclaimed Nirvana in Fire is happening. Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Changlin 琅琊榜之风起长林 will be keeping Lang Ya Hall as the focal point and bringing back producer Hou Hong Liang, scriptwriter Hai Yan and director Li Xue while swapping out the cast for fresh faces and a new story.
I suppose it makes sense to try something else entirely given how the first one ended but what is NIF without its beloved cast and characters? The sequel tells two completely separate stories of 15-episodes each and whether it can come close to the original remains to be seen.
Liu Hao Ran (Detective Chinatown) is the first actor to be confirmed and he will star as the lead. I don’t want to pre-judge so early in the game but let’s just say that he has got very big shoes to fill after Hu Ge. He’s cute though, my lil bro’s age T.T and if he has got the acting chops, I’m sold. Off topic but he was one of Yuan Hong’s groomsmen too.
I came across the announcement for the rest of the cast just minutes after it went online but I couldn’t believe my eyes, which is why I am posting a day later. As it turns out, the show is churning out high-profile names after all with Huang Xiao Ming (Once Promised) and Tong Liya (Great Expectations) as guest stars so I presume their story will take precedence in the first half of the series. Believe it or not, I thought Huang Xuan was in the cast too (there’s this one guy looks like him below). Zhang Huiwen, Wu Haochen, Sun Chun, Mei Ting, Zhang Bo, Guo Jingfei and Qiao Xin make up the rest of the cast.