Disney+ has recently revealed the official trailer for the highly anticipated original series American Born Chinese, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Gene Luen Yang. The series is set to premiere on May 24th with all eight episodes exclusively on Disney+ and is produced by 20th Television, the same company that brought us hit shows such as The Simpsons and Family Guy.
American Born Chinese Official Trailer
American Born Chinese is a genre-hopping action-comedy series that follows the story of a regular American teenager whose life is forever changed when he befriends the son of a mythological god. The show is an exciting coming-of-age adventure that tells the story of a young man’s battle for his own identity through family, comedy, and action-packed Kung-Fu.
The show features an all-star international cast that includes Academy Award winners Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once), Ben Wang (Chang Can Dunk), International Emmy Award Nominee Yeo Yann Yann (Wet Season), Chin Han (Mortal Kombat), Daniel Wu (Reminiscence), former Taekwondo champion Jimmy Liu, and Sydney Taylor (Just Add Magic).
Additionally, American Born Chinese introduces audiences to a pantheon of iconic Chinese mythical characters, portrayed by some of the most prominent names in the entertainment industry. The show features guest stars such as Academy Award nominee Stephanie Hsu as Shiji Niangniang, the Goddess of Stones; Ronny Chieng as unconventional monk, Ji Gong; Jimmy O. Yang as Dragon King, Ao Guang; James Hong as Jade Emperor; Leonard Wu as Niu Mowang/Bull Demon; and Poppy Liu as Princess Iron Fan. The series also welcomes Lisa Lu as soon-to-be retired acupuncturist Ni Yang and Rosalie Chiang as student activist Suzy Nakamura.
Kelvin Yu, an Emmy Award-winning writer/producer known for his work on hit shows such as Bob’s Burgers and Central Park, serves as executive producer and showrunner for American Born Chinese. Meanwhile, Destin Daniel Cretton, known for his work on Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Short Term 12, is set to direct and serve as executive producer. Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan, both of whom worked on Doogie Kamealoha, M.D., Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Jumanji: The Next Level, will also serve as executive producers alongside Erin O’Malley (Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.), Asher Goldstein (Short Term 12, Just Mercy), and Gene Luen Yang.
American Born Chinese is a truly unique and exciting addition to the Disney+ Originals lineup. With its diverse cast, action-packed storyline, and comedic undertones, this series is sure to be a hit with viewers of all ages. Fans of the original graphic novel can look forward to seeing their favorite characters come to life on screen, while newcomers to the series can expect to be swept away by its thrilling and heartwarming narrative.
American Born Chinese is set to premiere on May 24, 2023, on Disney+. Until then fans can read Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel for free with Kindle Unlimited.
ABOUT AMERICAN BORN CHINESE
Based on the graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang
Release Date: May 24, 2023, on Disney+
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.
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