Xiao Zhan’s newest drama Zang Hai Zhuan 藏海传 has kicked off filming as of December 30. Just as it was speculated, he’s really gone from filming Tsui Hark’s The Legend of Condor Heroes movie to another big name director. This time, Zheng Xiaolong whose known for his work in the palace drama Zhen Huan Zhuan is the chief director followed by director Cao Yiwen. Many were also amazed at Xiao Zhan’s physical transformation since he bulked up to play wuxia hero Guo Jing and seems to have lost the weight really quickly.
The change in title from Zang Hai Xi Lin 藏海戏麟, which is said to be part of the Grave Robbers’ Chronicles Reunion 盗墓笔记重启 series by Nan Pai San Shu, to Zang Hai Zhuan puts the focus on title character Wang Zang Hai who’s a villain in the original.
Wang Zanghai experienced the destruction of his entire family in his youth. With a blood debt that must be repaid, he restrained his talents and returned ten years later with a new face. He becomes a counsel for his enemy Marquis Pingjin and rises up the ranks in the imperial court as he moves closer to his goal of vengeance. It’s sounding a lot like Nirvana in Fire and if turns out to be anything like it, I’m all for it.
Of course, there’s the main cast that includes Lighter and Princess star Zhang Jingyi as the leading lady, 23-year-old actor Zhou Qi and seasoned actor Huang Jue. Yu Nan, Qiao Zhenyu, Tian Xiaojie and Sha Baoliang make special appearances. Other cast include Liang Chao, Yang Yutong, Shao Wen and Yang Fan. The screenplay is written by Zhao Liuyi whose behind other Lost Tomb drama adaptations like Tomb of the Sea and Reunion: The Sound of the Providence.