Zhao Liying and Wang Yibo to Star in New Drama Legend of Fei

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It wasn't long ago when we reported that new mom Zhao Liying is planning to head back to the small screen after being spotted with director Zheng Xiaolong and we bring yet again another good news! It has been announced that the actress will star in a new drama opposite Wang Yibo!

I'm not sure if this is her reunion drama with Zheng Xiaolong since that was expected to be a modern drama while this is clearly a different breed. If they are two different dramas then wowza! this baby mama is really on a roll. 

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Legend of Fei 有翡 is adapted from the novel Bandits by Priest who also wrote the BL novel that the hit drama Guardian is based on. It tells the story of a woman who lives in an era when the pugilistic world is in decline. She runs away from home and upon encountering a dangerous situation, she is saved by a man who will help her as she grows more powerful.

Before the official announcement came, there was endless rumors as to who Zhao Liying's new leading man will be. There were guesses that she might be working with Li Xian who is one of the hottest actors after his recent stint in Go Go Squid! Then there was the rumor that she'd be teaming up with Wang Yibo who's also basking in fame from his previous drama The Untamed. Both sounded like pure speculation, but it turns out one of them is true! 

Wang Yibo is quite young at 22, while Zhao Liying is turning 32 next month. It's not the first time an age gap gets attention before a drama premieres, but my opinions would have to wait until the first stills. What do you think of this pair? 

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31 comments:

  1. Hoping she will be pair to Li Xian in her next drama/movie❤ love them both

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  2. Not feeling it, but good for WYB. Any male lead would benefit from the drama since it’s ZLY.

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  3. Excited..looking forward to it!!

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  4. I'm not feeling it either but I'll still check it out cuz I love me some wuxia!

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  5. WYB must be over the moon. There is a long queue of actors wanting to pair with her comeback drama. Looking forward to this!!

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  6. The plot doesn't sound like anything new, so I'm not expecting much, it is bound to be another 40+ draggy drama, smh. I would've been over the moon if she decided to do PA2 at least for her fans, this news bc of he plot just seems meh.

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    1. It would be hard for PA2 to happen. Even if ZLY & LGX agrees to come back, I doubt Shawn Dou & Deng Lun would. They’re all pretty big now and I don’t see them agreeing to do a drama as side characters. It’s a pity because it would’ve been amazing if they did. PA deserved better than a half written made adaptation

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    2. Shawn probably wouldn’t mind since he’s good friends with ZLY. I don’t see why DL couldn’t be a guest if PA2 happens. But the first part was so bad that ZLY wouldn’t come back.

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    3. The reason why there was no PA2 is because the author was alleged to plagiarism and she admits to plagiarism. I believe if there was a chance she'd definitely want it to happen more than anything else but unfortunately it is not happening because of that matter. And don't judge the drama by a short synopsis. I believe she liked it enough to willingly accept this role. I trust in my ZLY <3

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  7. Why did they cast someone as new as WYB? I've seen The Untamed and his performance was mediocre. I am not feeling the casting pair at all. The age gap between ZLY and him and WYB's lack of experience won't do them any good. I hope they cast someone else like Deng Lun or Hu Ge even.

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    1. Hu Ge and ZLY pairing would have crashed Weibo lol Long overdue pairing.

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    2. Although there are some shortcomings, WYB's Lan Wangji was very well done, especially the use of micro-expressions. It is easy to missed details like this if you are skipping through the drama or don't pay enough attention to detail. Lan Wangji is one of the hardest character to play in 'The Untamed' and it is easy to become out of character if you don't find the right balance to act this role. His interpretation exceeded a lot of people's expectations.

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    3. @Tammy
      Hu Ge is a serious actor so no way he'll agree to work with her. Bestie Wallace Huo already did, at that time Wallace was more famous than her. After working together they say she propelled him to newer heights and not him. Because Wallace only got famous from her fans shipping him really hard with her, to the point there were even dating rumors and he had to step out and denied everything while she wouldn't answer anything after posting their pics too. His stoic character in the drama was hateful and their chemistry was non existing. Wallace matched so many more other actresses, and he was never more famous for dating them over than for the quality of his projects. Wallace became an idol since then and lost his seriousness from years of diligence, in exchange for a very short lived extreme popularity.

      In the project MingLan, despite being a Daylight Ent, it was boring and she used her real life relationship to keep fans happy again. She was able to draw so many viewers that the well reputed Daylight Ent even injected more episodes to the drama by throwing in lots of flashbacks. To this date she'd yet to have any serious project through her own strength and without fandom helping.

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  8. ZLY can usually get away with playing someone younger than her age but WYB is baby faced too so she looks obviously older. Not sure about this pairing but I'm sure this will do well just because of how popular they are...

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    1. Wang Yibo is baby faced where? He looks so much older than his age though. When I first saw him, I thought he's around 28. He has such deadpan eyes. His acting in Gank Your Heart was so bad too.

      If there's anyone who looks babyfaced, it's Zhao Liying .

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  9. I love both of them.Wang Yibo definitely did great job in the Untamed in my opinion. So I am looking forward to this drama.

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  10. IDK why ppl even bother of age gap. To me, as long as they act well and can pull it off it's already good... u don't look at their age and thinks they're too young to star with you as an actor/actress, it's not like you're interest in them. Their job is to act, age does not matter I hope people start realizing that this is not a dating thing but ACTING!

    I really hope people cut it out about that AGE gap. They look very young regardless of their age. If it is like WYB acting with an 65 yr old woman then I would understand but this? Please it's too childish.

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    1. Another thing is fans love to ship the OTP to generate buzz, she's married but if the OTP is good then both of them will produce more revenue for everyone.

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  11. Both Zhao Liying and Wang Yibo have a history of face slapping those who criticize them on projects before it even start filming so I'm optimistic about this. I think both of them will bring us good surprises. 'Bandits' is actually a very good novel and the genre itself hasn't been done in recent years as most costume drama nowadays tends to lean towards xianxia and we haven't got much of pure wuxia that isn't a remake. If the script sticks closely to the original, I'm estimating that it will do better than 'Princess Agent'.

    Maybe other people may have different opinions from me, but I think Wang Yibo is a very spiritual actor after seeing three of his work, 'Love Actually', 'Gank Your Heart' and 'The Untamed'. Although still green on some areas, but I think his acting is very natural, better than many of the actors around his age range. In The Untamed', I was amazed that he was able to displayed such a sense of maturity as Lan Wangji 16 years later. Xie Yun is actually a character that is complete opposite of Lan Wangji so I'm looking forward to seeing him challenge himself in this new role.

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  12. I cannot wait because I like both actor and actress. I think Wang Yibo is a good actor and I think he is so handsome. I hope this drama does well. I love Chinese Wuxia and I am enamored with Wang Yibo��

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  13. Hope this will be a better drama. PA 1 sucks so much I cannot believe people want a P2 for what? THey had all the time in the world, 58 episodes, that's more than enough time. And the story was about...nothing, there was no plot anywhere. They only introduced a bunch of unlefted questions, PA 2 will have nothing to do but sit down and talk and explain all the mess left by PA 1. There will be no action (like PA 1) because keep using the time for other things again, it's going to end up with no conclusion again. It's just...that bad. Most terrible thing I'd ever seen, I only liked how they styled ZLY in the drama. If it didn't star her nobody would like it. Hopefully the new drama would be better, WYB acting is fine. I don't think Untamed was all that but he's at least decent enough and eye candy too.

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    1. Totally agree about PA1 being about absolutely nothing. Such a huge waste of time despite having potential as a concept.

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  14. Age i think doesnt matter ,somehow ZLY looks is still younger than her age lol,shes very cuye anyway and very good in acting ...i really like ZLY a lot,im waiting for this....God bless ZLY.

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  15. yingbao and yibo?!!!
    excited for this😊

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  16. gorgeous couple of the Year 2020

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  17. Will watch any historical drama with Zhao Liying inside and its a bonus to have Wang Yibo as the male lead. Though I think he is too young to be starring alongside Zhao, I think he is natural in acting and good in action moves. Looking forward to this. And hopefully, the director of PA will not repeat the same mistake and give us a proper story and ending this time.

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    1. Wondering if he's happy with her too...didn't she swore to never work with him again? She disclosed that she was tricked into it. Fans cursed him because she was used in the drama. They introduced tons of random people so they can ride off her fame. That caused the drama to be draggy and never reach the end.

      One thing the director did correctly, he marketed PA correctly. It made PA one of the most popular C drama ever made, when it should be the crappiest since it had no content at all. One more thing, I think ZLY should stick to other roles because her body is too weak and she can't do martial arts properly. She also use too much doubles to perform really simple things.

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  18. This is just wrong wrong casting.... Are they crazy... He looks like her little brother...

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  19. So many ZLY haters here. I doubt they actually finish her dramas. Stop pretending like a know-it-all. You guys just jealous all her dramas were super successful and she's one of the most popular actresses out there. She also has some acclaimed performance compared to her peers. Stay bitter dear as she continues to prosper to new level.

    This drama is female-centric and not heavy on romance, so this is drama made for ZLY to shine even more.

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