Youku’s brand new historical drama Legend of Anle (An Le Zhuan) 安乐传 officially kicks off filming today with none other than Dilraba Dilmurat and Simon Gong Jun at the helm. Surprised? Many of you probably won’t be since the rumour mill already called this potential pairing early on. Nonetheless, there is nary a doubt that expectations will be very high for this first time pairing between the two stars.
Legend of Anle is adapted from author Xing Ling’s novel Di Huang Shu 帝皇书 and Netizens who are familiar with the story have said that the plot is reminiscent of Hu Ge’s Nirvana in Fire with Anle being the female version of Mei Changsu! In the story, the female protagonist Di Zi Yuan (Dilraba Dilmurat) reinvents herself as the “bandit” Ren Anle after one man’s treachery and desire for power sees her entire family killed. Orphaned, she works her way into the palace, vowing to seek revenge and restore her family’s good name. An unexpected complication comes in the form of Simon Gong Jun’s character Prince Han Ye.
Simon Gong Jun is considered a hot commodity right now what with his popularity continuing to soar following Word of Honor’s runaway success, which makes his next costume drama all the more buzz-worthy. If the drama plays its cards right – from the chemistry between its leads to the story that’s engaging from the very beginning, a successful pairing will surely do wonders. However, it appears some of Gong Jun’s fans are still a bit iffy he won’t be getting as much screen time since his character isn’t the main focus of the female-led drama.
Interestingly, it seems like reunions are in order for the cast of The Long Ballad. Aside from Wu Lei and Zhao Lusi working together to star in another drama, Diliraba reunites with co-star Liu Yuning in Legend of Anle who rounds up the three main leads. Little is known about his role so far except his character’s name Luo Mingxi. Xia Nan, Pei Zitian, Chen Kexiao, Wang Yiting, Long Shuiting, Shang Xinyue, Qin Xiaoxuan Er, Bai Bingke and Zhang Yikai also feature in the series.