Brace yourselves because it's happening. Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Changlin 琅琊榜之风起长林 will be keeping Lang Ya Hall as the focal point and bringing back producer Hou Hong Liang, scriptwriter Hai Yan and director Li Xue while swapping out the cast for fresh faces and a new story.
I suppose it makes sense to try something else entirely, lest they ruin the perfection that is NIF but what is NIF without its beloved cast and characters?
NIF 2 tells two completely separate stories of 15-episodes each and whether it can come close to the critically-acclaimed c-drama Nirvana in Fire remains to be seen.
Liu Hao Ran (Detective Chinatown) is the first actor to be confirmed and he will star as the lead. I don't want to judge so early in the game but let's just say that he has got very big shoes to fill. He's cute though, my lil bro's age T.T and if he has got the acting chops, I'm sold. Off topic but he was one of Yuan Hong's groomsmen too.
I came across the announcement for the rest of the cast just minutes after it went online but I couldn't believe my eyes, which is why I am posting a day later. As it turns out, the show is churning out high-profile names after all with Huang Xiao Ming (Once Promised) and Tong Liya (Great Expectations) as guest stars so I presume their story will take precedence in the first half of the series. Believe it or not, I thought Huang Xuan was in the cast too.
For synopsis, cast and other ratings, see 2015 historical c-drama recommendations.