Xu Kai returns to costume dramas for his next project, and it is a live-action drama based on the Chinese xianxia novel There Was Once A Spirit Blade Mountain 从前有座灵剑山 by Guowang Bixia 国王陛下. The novel also came out on Tencent comics and was subsequently made into an anime titled Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage.
I had never heard of it before, but the fact that Tencent is pushing this franchise must mean something and it’s come full circle now with the live-action drama adaptation. Fantasy wuxia seems to be a rite of passage for young stars, so I’m not at all surprised that Xu Kai would take on the role. He plays the hero Wang Lu, a young genius from the future who starts on a path of cultivation.
It is led by Xu Kai and Sandrine Pinna and also stars Gao Yuer, Guo Xiaoting, Zhu Yuanbing and Zheng Yawen. With the the exception of the leading lady, the cast attended the recent Annual Tencent Pictures Press Conference to introduce their upcoming drama.