First it was Gong vs. Bu Bu Jing Xin, then Gong II vs. Legend of Zhen Huan, and now this time it’s Yanxi Gonglue vs. Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace. Yu Zheng may have toned down on the bright colours, but his lawsuit with Qiong Yao doesn’t seem to have killed off his bad habits of plagiarism.
The drama is titled The Story of Yanxi Palace 延禧攻略, literally Guidebook to Yanxi Palace, and will chronicle the life of Consort Ling, the main resident of the palace. Wu Jinyan (Guardian of Beauty) plays Wei Yingluo, the enthusiastic and plucky female lead who enters the palace to find the truth behind her older sister’s death. The kind-hearted Empress Fucha, played by Qin Lan (Let’s Fall in Love), takes Yingluo under her wing, and persuades the latter to let go of revenge.
Unfortunately, the Empress soon succumbs to illness, and asks Yingluo to care for and support the Emperor (Nie Yuan) before passing away. Yingluo keeps her promise, and eventually becomes Qianlong’s beloved Consort Ling.
Costars include Charmaine Sheh (Bet Hur) as Consort Xian and later the Step-Empress Ulanara, Xu Kai (new actor under Yu Zheng)as Empress Fucha’s brother Fuheng, Su Qing (Kunlun Palace) as his wife, Wang Guanyi (Summer’s Desire) as Qianlong’s trusted general Hailanqa, Tan Zhuo (Wrath of Silence) as Imperial Noble Consort Huixian, Wang Yuanke (Once Upon A Time in Changjiang) as Imperial Noble Consort Chunhui and Zhang Jiani (Ode to Gallantry) as the Fragrant Concubine.
The 50 episode drama is directed by Hui Kaidong (Hidden Tiger) and Wen Deguang (Change A Lifestyle) and scripted by Yu Zheng.