Tencent’s fantasy series Sword and Fairy 仙剑六祈今朝 recently announced its casting lineup after filming for the project officially wrapped in November 2022. Character posters accompanying the announcement also gave us a sneak peek at the drama’s two main leads Xu Kai and Esther Yu Shu Xin as Yue Jin Zhao and Yue Qi respectively. Xu Kai is pretty much a mainstay in the costume historical genre since getting his big break in Story of Yanxi Palace four years ago. Likewise, Esther’s recent drama Love Between Fairy and Devil turned out to be a summer hit thereby showing off her potential to star in a xianxia series.
Aside from these two, we also get a look at the rest of the crew whom Yue Jin Zhao and Yue Qi meet along the way in the search for their lost memories and eventually to bring down a cult. There’s Fu Xin Bo’s wolf demon Xian Qing, Wan Peng’s Luo Zhao Yan who is leading the charge against the cult, Bai Bing Ke’s Ming Xiu and Zhou Li Jie’s Ju Shi Fang.
Sword and Fairy is adapted from the role playing game Chinese Paladin 6 aka The Legend of Sword and Fairy 仙剑奇侠传六. Although the show kept the game’s English title, the Chinese title Qi Jin Zhao is actually the two main character’s names combined. Sword and Fairy is among three upcoming drama adaptations from the popular gaming franchise. Prior to this, there were Chinese Paladin, Chinese Paladin 3 and Chinese Paladin 5 from 2016 being the most “recent” one.