The Player 指尖少年, previously known as Fantasy Westward Journey 梦幻西游, is a Chinese drama produced by Tangren that stars Sebrina Chen Yao (Monster Killer 2) and Simon Gong Jun (Lost Love in Times) as seasoned gamers who inadvertently come to possess superpowers in real life.
So I caught the ten-minute long trailer thinking that it would be another Just One Smile is Very Alluring with the whole students bonding over gaming but it turned out to be more like Power Rangers where the team bands together to fight a greater evil. And then Chan Yao’s character also happens to be dealing with a dual personality and if you’ve seen one too many dramas like me, it’s quite like A Different Kind of Pretty Man 2. I still might watch this though.
Update: It sure feels good to come back to this post after four years. There’s no doubt that Simon Gong Jun is basking in the success of the BL-adapted drama Word of Honor this 2021, so it’s no surprise that The Player which counts as one of his older dramas shot in 2017 is finally going to see the light of day. Coincidentally, leading lady Chen Yao is playing Shi Mei in Immortality which is one of the most, if not the most, anticipated BL-adaptations. Granted, The Player seems like it could be rough on the edges for being an “old” drama, but the leads have surely become a huge draw. Also in the cast are Kenji Chen Borong, Ai Jiani, Wen Yuan, Liu Yichang and Zhang Leyun. The Player premieres on April 22, 2021.