Tian Xia Chan An 天下长安 held its opening ceremony in Hengdian this afternoon and released two character posters in conjunction with the event. In his first comeback to dramaland after four years, Zhang Hanyu (The Great Wall) will play a man who aspires to help the people and finds the opportunity under Li Shi Min. Qin Jun Jie (Legend of Dragon Pearl) will play Li Shi Min who is known as one of the founding fathers of the Tang Dynasty.
With a budget of five hundred million RMB, the production team spares no expense to hire a high calibre crew and it is said that Dong Zhe who writes the screenplay spent nearly ten years perfecting the script. The ensemble cast is huge as well, including Han Dong (Lost Love in Times) and Shu Chang (The Glory of Tang Dynasty) to name a few.
I'm admittedly most excited for Qin Jun Jie who has had supporting roles in Singing All Along, Legend of Qin, Legend of Chusen, The Glory of Tang Dynasty and so on. He is one of those young actors known for their acting talent before their looks (though he has both) and this may turn out to be his big break.
There's also Zhang Hanyu and even though I haven't seen much of his previous works, I keep hearing good things about him from a fellow enthusiast. Besides, it's nice to not start off with a romance heavy drama for a change, perhaps we'll get a bromance.