Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Michelle Yeoh is set to star in Destin Daniel Cretton-directed Disney+ fantastical series ‘American Born Chinese‘. Michelle Yeoh will be cast alongside Ben Wang, Yeo Yann Yann, Chin Han, Daniel Wu, Ke Huy Quan, Jim Liu, and Sydney Taylor.
The series will be produced by 20th Television for Disney Branded Television, The production will begin this month in Los Angeles. The genre-hopping action-comedy is adapted from Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel by Emmy-winning writer-producer Kelvin Yu (Bob’s Burgers, Central Park) who is EP and showrunner. Cretton directs and is also EP alongside Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan, Erin O’Malley, Asher Goldstein, and Gene Luen Yang.
Michelle Yeoh is best known for her roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Crazy Rich Asians, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II and James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequels, with TV credits including Star Trek: Discovery and the upcoming The Witcher: Blood Origin.
In “American Born Chinese” Ben Wang plays Jin Wang, an American teen whose parents immigrated from Taiwan and who is struggling to carve out exactly who he’s supposed to be, socially and culturally. Yann plays Jin’s mom, Christine Wang, a strong-willed, opinionated woman with a sly wit, who loves her family deeply. Han plays Jin’s father Simon, a hard-working, devoted father, and a husband who is bumping up against the “bamboo ceiling” at his job.