American Born Chinese Debuts Mesmerizing 1st Look

American Born Chinese unveils Michelle Yeoh as Guanyin, the deity of compassion, in first look featurette.
American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese unveils Michelle Yeoh as Guanyin, the deity of compassion, in first look featurette.

Disney+‘s upcoming genre-hopping original series, American Born Chinese, based on Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel, that follows average teenager Jin Wang. Jin struggles juggling high school social life and his home life.On his first day of school, he meets a new foreign student and worlds collide as Jin is unwittingly entangled in a battle of Chinese mythological gods. Disney Branded Television revealed a first look of the action-packed series during the D23 Expo with an exclusive video featuring clips, behind the scenes footage, and interviews from the cast and creative team.

American Born Chinese In Production Featurette

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A Disney Branded Television series, AMERICAN BORN CHINESE is produced by 20th Television for Disney+. Emmy® Award-winning writer/producer Kelvin Yu (Bob’s BurgersCentral Park) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Destin Daniel Cretton (Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsShort Term 12) directed the premiere episode and serves as executive producer, alongside Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan (both of Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” for Disney+, Fresh Off the BoatJumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Jumanji: The Next Level), Erin O’Malley (Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.), Asher Goldstein (Short Term 12Just Mercy) and Gene Luen Yang.

The series features a talented international cast, most of whom are of Chinese or Chinese-American descent, that includes Michelle Yeoh, Ben Wang, Yeo Yann Yann, Chin Han, Daniel Wu, Ke Huy Quan, Jim Liu and Sydney Taylor. During their debut to the D23 Hall stage, Ke Huy Quan joked about how controversial his character is. He claimed to have made Kelvin and Melvin promise him a job if no one wants to hire him after this role. Though from the applause Quan received every time he took the stage, it does not seem like finding another gig does not seem like it will be any problem.

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American Born Chinese is currently in production and will air on Disney+.

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Based on the graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang
Showrunner: Kevlin Yu
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Executive Producers: Kelvin Yu (“Bob’s Burgers,” “Central Park”), Destin Daniel Cretton (Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” “Short Term 12”), Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan (both of “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” for Disney+, “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Jumanji: The Next Level” feature films), Erin O’Malley (“Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.”), Asher Goldstein (“Short Term 12,” “Just Mercy”) and Gene Luen Yang

Cast: Michelle Yeoh as “Guanyin,”  Ben Wang as ”Jin Wang,” Yeo Yann Yann as “Christine Wang,” Chin Han as “Simon Wang,” Daniel Wu as “Sun Wukong,” Ke Huy Quan as “Freddy Wong,” Jim Liu as “Wei-Chen” and Sydney Taylor as “Amelia”

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 genre-hopping action-comedy explores identity, culture, and family. 

What do you think about American Born Chinese partnering up with Prabal Gurung and Phillip Lim? How epic are you expecting the costumes to be? Can you afford anything from Gurung or Lim’s stores? Let us know what you in the comments below and share your love or some fan art of the American Born Chinese graphic novel with us on Twitter.

Source: Disney+

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