Novoland: Eagle Flag 九州·缥缈录 is an upcoming ancient fantasy drama that will chronicle the rise of a generation of young heroes, and has confirmed Liu Haoran (Nirvana in Fire II), Chen Ruoxuan (From tonight, the path will be white) and Song Zu’er (Nezha in Lotus Lantern Prequel, Boyhood) as leads.
Lü (Lv) Guichen (Liu Haoran) is the heir of the nomadic Qingyang tribe, and is sent to the Eastern Land as hostage. He meets Ji Ye (Chen Ruoxuan), an unfavoured illegitimate son who is training to become a warrior, and Yu Ran (Song Zu’er), the princess of the winged people. The three become close friends, and the boys’ feelings for Yu Ran soon turn romantic.
At the same time, powerful warlord Ying Wuyi (Zhang Fengyi) has been maintaining a firm control over the Emperor, giving him unprecedented power over the nobles. Lv Guichen, Ji Ye and Yu Ran decide to join the decisive battle against Ying Wuyi at Shangyang Pass, but unbeknownst to them, an even darker conspiracy is yet to unfold.
Directed by Zhang Xiaobo (To Be A Better Man) and written by original author Jiang Nan, the 56 episode drama began filming at the start of November.
The relatively young and inexperienced cast are supported by a group of solid actors:
Zhang Jiayi as Baili Jinghong, an ambitious noble
Xu Qing as the Grand Princess (most likely the emperor’s sister)
Zhang Fengyi as Ying Wuyi
Zhang Zhijian as Lei Bicheng, a powerful leader of the Chenyue Cult (same organisation as Muyun De’s godfather Mr. Mo in Tribes and Empires)
Jiang Shuying as Gong Yuyi
Li Guangjie as Xi Yan, Baili Jinghong’s subordinate
Wang Ou as widow Su Shunqing, later Xi Yan’s love interest.
Chen Haoyu as Princess Bai Zhouyue (Xiaozhou)
Agree. Great supporting cast. I’ve never seen Song Zu Er in anything yet.
I hope this will be watchable. Novoland Castle in the Sky looked cringeworthy despite numerous fan compliments. I still don’t get the Zhang Ruo Yun hype though he was ok in Dr Qin.
The romantic plot though. Why does it have to be heir Gary Stu’s going after Princess Mary Sue again? It’s hard to find a drama that doesn’t fit the “Gary meets Mary mold”. The meeting of a beautiful, flawless couple with fancy births who can tackle all world problems and beyond. 200th try on the same plot is the charm? lol
Woah they got huge names as supporting actors. I’m actually quite shocked the likes of Jiang Shuying would agree.
Wahh, 2 of my fave young actors are there !(LHR and CRX). I’m not really interested in these novoland series and didnt even watch the previous one, but I will watch or , at least, take a peek for these boys. Love LHR in With You and NIF 2, while I love CRX in Evil Minds.