Xu Zhengxi, He Hongshan cast in Legend of the Phoenix

Xu Zhengxi, who is currently experiencing a significant rise in popularity after playing Yuwen Hu in Legend of Dugu, is taking on the leading role in upcoming historical romance drama Legend of the Phoenix 凤弈 opposite He Hongshan (Above the Clouds).

Set in the fictional Eastern Liang dynasty, circus performer Ye Ningzhi’s (He Hongshan) troupe enters the palace and stages a performance to celebrate the empress dowager’s birthday. The ambitious grand princess (emperor’s sister) decides to cause mischief by framing her for treason, though the heroine is saved by strategist Wei Guang (Xu Zhengxi), and falls in love at first sight with him.

When Ye Ningzhi enters the palace two years later as the empress’ maid, she stands up for her fellow servants, and refuses to sacrifice her conscience in the face of power. Ye Ningzhi also works together with Wei Guang to crush the grand princess’ plan to usurp the throne, and catches the eye of the emperor in the process.

Wayne Lai (Daddy Cool) and Cao Xiwen (To Kill A Watermelon) play the supporting leads.

The 40 episode web drama is helmed by Wei Hantao (The Starry Night, The Starry Sea) and scripted by TVB screenwriter Zhang Huabiao (The Master of the House).

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