Disney+’s American Born Chinese Cast Revealed With Michelle Yeoh

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With Disney’s push for more representation for the Asian Americans and Pacific Islands (AAPI), Disney+ continues with its anticipated adaptation with the series American Born Chinese.

Disney Branded Television announced the cast comprising with Michelle Yeo (Marvel’s Shangi-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Ben Wang (MacGyver), Yeo Yann Yann (Wet Season), Chin Han (Mortal Kombat), Daniel Wu (Reminiscence), Ke Huy Quan (Finding ‘Ohana), Sydney Taylor (Just Add Magic), and former Taekwondo champion Jim Liu.

Based on the graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of Jin Wang, an average teenager juggling his high school social life with his home life. When he meets a new foreign student on the first day of the school year, even more worlds collide as Jin is unwittingly entangled in a battle of Chinese mythological gods. The action-packed coming-of-age adventure explores identity, culture, and family.

Kelvin Yu (Bob’s Burgers, Central Park) serves as executive producer and showrunner.

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Here is the cast breakdown:

  • Michelle Yeoh as “Guanyin,” an unassuming auntie, who helps her nephew Wei-Chen navigate the challenges of American high school while maintaining her secret identity as the all-powerful Buddhist bodhisattva of Compassion.
  • Ben Wang as “Jin Wang,” an American teen whose parents immigrated from Taiwan, is struggling to carve out exactly who he’s supposed to be socially and culturally.
  • Yeo Yann Yann as Jin’s mom, “Christine Wang,” a strong-willed, opinionated woman with a sly wit, who loves her family deeply.
  • Chin Han is Jin’s father, “Simon Wang,” a hard-working, devoted father and husband who is bumping up against the “bamboo ceiling” at his job.
  • Daniel Wu as Sun Wukong or the “The Monkey King,” the legendary all-powerful god of the Chinese epic Journey to the West, enters our world in search of his son.
  • Ke Huy Quan as “Freddy Wong,” a fictional character from the popular mid-1990s sitcom.
  • Jim Liu is Jin’s confident friend “Wei-Chen,” a teen who has just arrived in the United States, whose sweet demeanor belies the deeper mystery of his true identity.
  • Sydney Taylor as “Amelia,” a friendly “All-American” girl who is Jin’s classmate and crush.

Attendees of the Television Critics Association, including LRM Online, got a brief glimpse of a martial arts rough cut scene for a test that includes a magical staff that can be extended (popular in the Monkey King lore). The series will feature plenty of martial arts action.

Production begins in Los Angeles later this month. A release date is not set for the Disney+ series at this time.

Source: Disney+

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