Held in the Lonely Castle has unveiled its main cast, and Jiang Shuying (Mr. Right) will be playing the female lead Empress Cao, a woman who abides by her duties but is distrusted by her husband (Wang Kai).
Fourteen-year-old Bian Cheng (Yong Qi in Ruyi’s Royal Love, young Luo Chi in Faithful to Buddha) plays eunuch Liang Huaiji, while new actress Ren Min (Cry Me A Sad River) plays the princess Huirou. [Extended Synopsis]
Yang Le as Han Qi, chancellor of Northern Song for ten years. He was responsible for the Qingli Reforms along with Fan Zhongyan (Liu Jun) and Fu Bi (Sun Jian).
Ye Zuxin as eunuch Zhang Maoze, the Empress’ close aide. He has an unrequited love for the Empress, but is willing to bury his feelings and simply be a confidante.
Yu Entai as Yan Shu, poet and calligrapher.
Wang Churan (Oh My General) as Noble Consort Zhang, a woman who is always ready to stir up trouble