Yang Mi (Sword of Legends) is likely going to be the lead for Legend of Fuyao 扶摇皇后, an upcoming Chinese drama based on a novel by Tian Xia Gui Yuan 天下归元 who also wrote Rise of the Phoenix.
However, her casting is not without controversy due to rumors that her addition effectively pushes out Joe Chen (Swordsman). Nevertheless, Joe Chen's camp has denied the news and clarified that they were never approached in the first place. Besides, she'll have her hands full with Empress Dugu.
If Yang Mi confirms and if in fact the drama sticks to the novel, it will be her second time playing a time traveler. Fuyao is miles apart from the candy roles that Yang Mi is accustomed to playing, which is why people question whether she has the acting chops to pull off such a powerful female character.
Source: iQiYi, 7Y7