Based on a novel called Zhu Xian written by Xiao Ding, the Legend of Chusen 诛仙青云志 or Noble Aspirations is a big-budget fantasy wuxia starring Li Yi Feng (Sword of Legends), Zanilia Zhao Li Ying (Legend of Zu), Yang Zi, TF Boys, etc. and it premieres on July 2016.
All the excitement surrounding this drama is largely due to casting where names like Angelababy where thrown into the pot until it finally secured its leads in Li Yi Feng and Zanilia Zhao Li Ying, two of the most sought after stars of today.
Period dramas is a genre that is getting a lot of love these days that even c-pop idol boyband TF Boys is appearing in the series, no doubt to cater to younger fans.
Legend of Chusen is about Zhang Xiao Fan, a young man with mediocre skills made up for by an abundance in determination to become a martial arts hero of the Qing Yun Sect.
Li Yi Feng will once again play a character that has an alternate persona, Sword of Legends much? Frankly, Li Yi Feng's character looks and feels like a reboot of him as Bai Li Tu Su, which is not a bad thing considering the former's success but it's redundant nonetheless.
On the other hand, Zanilia Zhao Li Ying is getting a lot of flak for not fitting the bill as the character Bi Yao. I find the backlash unexpected given that she is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful faces in the Chinese entertainment industry but her first stills don't lie.
No wonder people are making comparisons to cosplayer Qiu Xiao Chen and some netizens even took it upon themselves to photoshop their own version of Zhao Li Ying as Bi Yao, the way that it should be. At least the production team seems to be listening since the recent batch of promotional stills have certainly improved by leaps and bounds.
For plot summary, synopsis, etc., check out my 2016 c-drama recommendations.