MCU director Destin Daniel Cretton’s upcoming Disney+ show American Born Chines gets exciting new photos showcasing the adaptation.
New pictures of American born Chinese reveal the upcoming Disney+ adaptation. The project, which is executive produced by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton, is based on the 2006 graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang. Yang’s work, which tells three seemingly separate stories that are connected at the end of the story, deals with themes of understanding one’s identity and racial stereotypes. It also explores transformation, receiving prestigious awards and widespread recognition in the process.
YUCK has now revealed new photos of American born Chinese adaptation that will debut on Disney+ in 2023. Michelle Yeoh, who features prominently in one image, teased in an earlier featurette that the upcoming series will feature plenty of magic and badass action. She is no stranger to this kind of genre, as she has spearheaded films such as Sneaking tiger, hidden dragon, as well as being the current face of The Witcher: Blood Origin and plays the main role in the action comedy Everything everywhere Everything at once earlier this year. But in the preview below, American born Chinese promises to be something special.
What to expect from American-born Chinese
The planned Disney+ series tells the story of Jin Wang (Ben Wang), an ordinary teenager who struggles to balance his high school social life with his home life. But things begin to change when he meets a new student on the first day of the new academic year. Worlds collide, and Jin is caught in a battle between Chinese mythological gods and beings. Although it’s been well over a decade since the graphic novel was released, showrunner Kelvin Yu says the sense of alienation remains the same.
Jin copes with his feelings of alienation by retreating to a world populated by Chinese mythological figures, such as the goddess of mercy Guanyin (played by Yeoh). The cast also includes Yeo Yann Yann, Chin Han, Daniel Wu, Jim Liu, Sydney Taylor and Poppy Liu. Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu, who starred with Yeoh in Everything everywhere Everything at once, also appears in the series. This marks a shift from the source material at one point. Guanyin was not a part of American born Chinesebut the character was added as a way to fill out the story over several episodes.
Behind the camera, Cretton will direct episodes. Although the project will also include guest directors, such as Peng Zhang and actress Lucy Liu. For fans of fantasy mixed with everyday life in high school, which is a long-running genre mash-up of its own, American born Chinese will have a lot to offer, but it will also speak to a large set of viewers.
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