“Tabloid stills” released for upcoming drama “Love, Up in the Air”

The annotations/"headlines" on the poster reveal little bits of the plot - does Chen Xiao love Yuan Shanshan or Meng Jiangjie? (Yuan Shanshan, because she's the main character).
The annotations/”headlines” on the poster reveal little bits of the plot – does Chen Xiao love Yuan Shanshan or Meng Jiangjie? (Yuan Shanshan, because she’s the main character).

Given that Love, Up in the Air/Above the Clouds/CLOUDS (云巅之上) is a drama about the drama between two people as they film drama(s), the new promo stills are rather fitting. The characters of the drama have been introduced, à la tabloid style: Chen Xiao (the in-universe star), Yuan Shanshan (the in-universe wannabe star), Meng Jiangjie (another in-universe star), Guo Xiaodong (a teacher at the institute for stars), Zhang Zhehan (a star singer), Merat (a manager), Zang Hongna (Yuan Shanshan’s in-universe manager), He Hongce (Chen Xiao’s in-universe manager), and Cai Wenjing (a second generation star). (At first glance, I didn’t realize Zhang Zhehan and Merat were featured in the stills).

Asides from the ridiculous premise that sparks the filming of the in-universe “Dong Xian” drama, the drama will feature a story in the modern day, and (so it seems) in the Republican era. Look below the cut for more pictures.
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Chen Xiao and Yuan Shanshan to star in new drama Love, Up in the Air

“Another point for heteronormativity! A fake gay lover is 100% the only way to ignore your wife! “

Source: Yu Zheng’s Weibo
I thought it couldn’t get any worse when Yu Zheng decided to make Lv Zhi and Xiang Yu lovers…but he continues to shock us all. No doubt inspired by Love Across Time, Yu Zheng is also putting together a “story within a story” drama (sans the time travel). Welcome to Love, Up in the Air 云巅之上, where Yuan Shanshan is an aspiring actress (Jian Xi) pitted against Chen Xiao’s cocky A-list celeb. (Oh yeah, she’s also looking for her birth mother in Beijing).

According to the synopsis, archaeologists find the grave of Dong Xian  in 2016, and within it, the truth behind Emperor Ai of Han’s “passion of the cut sleeve.” A famous director reads about the findings and decides to film a movie based off of this story, selecting the big name Tang Fei (Chen Xiao) and the new face Jian Xi (Yuan Shanshan) to play the lead roles. Tang Fei is a guy; Jian Xi is a girl – how do Dong Xian and our meta-story come in? (more…)