Wild Bloom 野蛮生长 was in the spotlight two months ago for the wrong reasons. Back in August, there was a mass suspension of celebrity fan accounts in China for the first time, even popular actress Zhao Liying’s studio was temporarily muted from making updates on Weibo, and it was all due to fan wars over her potential reunion with Wang Yibo in this drama.
Fast forward to the present and filming has begun on October 20 to reveal Zhao Liying being paired with Oho Ou Hao instead. The actor’s appeared in recent hit movies like The Battle at Lake Changjin and My Country, My Parents. Other cast include Li Guanjie, Liu Wei, Ren Zhong, Feng Jiayi and Sun Qian.
Wild Bloom is adapted from the novel 不得往生 by A Nai. She’s the author of works like All is Well, Ode to Joy and Like a Flowing River which all went on to become hits. The story set in the 1990’s follows a female protagonist who relies on her unique vision and bold personality to venture into the male-dominated steel industry.
As Zhao Liying matures as an actress, she seems to be transitioning into roles different from the costume dramas that she’s gained fame for. The Story of Xing Fu which has her playing a village girl in rural China is a step towards that direction. She’s also in the upcoming Who Is Murderer which is among the lineup for season two of iQIYI’s Light On Theater.