Following the success of 2014’s “Red Sorghum”, it was reported that Chinese actress Zhou Xun is starring in another television drama, “Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace” (tentative title).

According to Tencent Entertainment, the period drama can be considered the sequel to the hit 2011 harem drama, “Legend of Zhen Huan”, since it was based on the novel written by “Zhen Huan” author, Liu Lianzi.

It tells the story of the Step Empress Ulanara, the concubine of the Qianlong Emperor, who was eventually promoted to the status of Empress following the death of the original Empress, Xiaoxianchun.
Zhou reportedly will play the titular role of Ruyi, although previous rumours named Li Bingbing and “Zhen Huan” actress Betty Sun among the stars considered for the role.
It was rumoured that “Go Princess Go” star, Crystal Zhang, has also auditioned for a role in the drama.
The new drama is set to begin filming in August, with the expected broadcast in 2017.
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