Michelle Yeoh is a mythological goddess in the new Disney+ series. American, born Chinese. Based on the genre graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, Disney premiered a short film about the new series during the D23 Expo.
“It’s a lot of fun, it’s magic, it’s a lot of cool action,” Yeoh says in the clip, which you can watch in the video above. Yeoh later adds, “It’s a magical ride, and that’s what Disney+ is all about.”
American, born Chinese tells the story of Jin Wang (Ben Wang), an ordinary teenager who balances his high school social life with his home life. When he meets a new student on the first day of the school year, more worlds collide as Jin unwittingly becomes involved in a battle between Chinese mythological gods.
Wang will be joined by Yeo Yann Yann as Christine Wang, Chin Han as Simon Wang, Ke Hui Quan as Freddie Wong, Jimmy Liu as Wei-Chen, Sidney Taylor as Amelia, Daniel Wu as Sun Wukong “The Monkey King” and Yeoh as Guanyin.
Kelvin Yu (Bob’s Burgers) serves as an executive producer and showrunner. Destin Daniel Cretton (Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) is set to direct and executive produce with Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan (Dugi Kamealoha, MD), Erin O’Malley (Dugi Kamealoha, MD), Asher Goldstein (Short term 12) and Jin Luen Yang. The Disney-branded television series is produced by 20th Television, part of Disney Television Studios.
The show’s guest directors are Peng Zhang (Episode 4) and Lucy Liu (Episode 6).
American, born Chinese It is expected to release on Disney+ in 2023.