The Untamed 陈情令, a very loose adaption of Moxiang Tongxiu’s BL novel Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation 魔道祖师 has started filming, and cast X-Nine idol Xiao Zhan (Oh! My Emperor) as Wei Wuxian and Wang Yibo (Love Actually) as Lan Wangji.
The pugilist world is ruled by the powerful Wen clan, which dominates over the smaller Lan, Jiang, Nie and Jin households. The carefree Wei Wuxian becomes fast friends with the righteous Lan Wangji, and during their adventures, the pair find out that the head of the Wen clan is the evil mastermind behind a series of plots that would wreak havoc upon the lands.
Wei Wuxian’s attempts to protect the innocent members of the Wen clan from unfair persecution leads to disaster, and he goes MIA in the process. Wei Wuxian reappears sixteen years later, and works together with good friend Lan Wangji to solve a series of murder mysteries, eventually finding and defeating the true culprit.
Meng Ziyi (Legend of the Condor Heroes 2016) plays Wen Qing and Xuan Lu (Soul Ferry) costars as Wei Wuxian’s older disciple sister Jiang Yanli. Reportedly, they will not be romantically entangled with the male protagonists, which should appease some fans of the original who are already irritated the drama changed the BL romance to sworn brotherhood. Wang Zhuocheng (signed under Huayi) and Yu Bin (Idol Producer) play Jiang Cheng and Wen Ning respectively, both friends of Wei Wuxian.
Directed by Zheng Weiwen (Secrets of the Three Kingdoms) and Chen Jialin (Above the Clouds), the 42 episode web drama will premiere on Tencent next year.
Xiao Zhan has a contract with New Classics Media, which is why he’ll be seen in their upcoming dramas The Wolf and Thankful for the Remaining Years. Also very pretty (reminds me of a younger, skinnier Wallace Huo), though his acting still needs work: