On May 10, Joy of Life (Qing Yu Nian) Season 2 庆余年2 announced its booting ceremony, which has gotten the show trending number one on Weibo. And the best part is, everyone’s back for the new season!
Joy of Life which premiered in late 2019 ended with a cliffhanger. Adapted from a novel by Mao Ni, there’s definitely more story to be told. Screenwriter Wang Juan had revealed early on that the script for season 2 was in preparation, but it’s literally taken over three years, not to mention a ton of rumours about main cast members not returning.
While more c-dramas seem to be attempting a seasonal format, oftentimes, the “sequel” just never happens. Even if it does, there’s often a change of cast. It’s no wonder today’s announcement about the highly-anticipated sequel to Joy of Life has gotten fans over the moon that all 15 characters will still be played by the original cast because it couldn’t have been easy to get everyone onboard. Xiao Zhan who played a smaller yet pivotal role as Yan Bingyun towards the end of season 1 was not announced as part of the cast so many wonder who will play his character.
The full list of Joy of Life Season 2 cast members that have been announced include: Zhang Ruoyun, Li Qin, Chen Daoming, Wu Gang, Guo Qilin, Tian Yu, Li Xiaoran, Song Yi, Xin Zhilei, Gao Shuguang, Li Qiang, Yu Yang, Liu Duanduan, Zhang Haowei and Tong Mengshi.