The Entangled Life of Qingluo 蔓蔓青萝 is based on the novel of the same name by Zhuangzhuang, and the much-beleaguered drama has finally secured its leads in Qiao Zhenyu (Perfect Wedding) and Yao Di (Mission Impossible Love) after a rather public casting kerfuffle on Weibo.
Yao Di stars as Li Qingluo, the illegitimate daughter of the ruling kingdom’s Left Chancellor. Despite being an unfavoured daughter, Qingluo still manages to learn all the skills required of a proper noble lady, and keeps her talents hidden to avoid being used as a political stepping stone. On one of her cross-dressing adventures, Qingluo meets the Five Young Sirs of Fengcheng. From the five, she gets romantically involved with Fourth Prince Liu Fei / Chen Zili (Qiao Zhenyu) and his cousin Liu Yu, played by newcomer Zhu Jiaqi.
Producers recently stated that they will only be borrowing the framework of the original, and that supporting character Zili will be the male lead for the drama. Butchering of the original aside, I’m just really glad Qiao Zhenyu isn’t playing second fiddle this time round.
The drama is slated to run for 30 episodes, and is produced by the crew behind Fan Bingbing’s infamous harem drama The Empress of China.