American Born Chinese drops magical first-look photos of the upcoming Disney+ Series.

Gene L Luen Yang’s incredible and inspiring graphic novel, American Born Chinese, is being made into a series for Disney+. The series is produced by 20th Television with Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Kelvin Yu (Bob’s Burgers, Central Park) as the showrunner and executive producer. Destin Daniel Cretton (Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Short Term 12) is set to direct and serves as executive producer, alongside Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan (both of Doogie Kamealoha, M.D for Disney+, 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.

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From the photos, the only obvious thing about the series is the all-star cast. Hot off their incredible performances in Everything Everywhere All At Once, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan star as Guanyin and Freddy Wong. The series also stars Daniel Wu, from Into the Borderlands, as Sun Wukong, The Monkey King. Sun Wukong is arguably one of the most famous and often adapted characters in history. Also starring in teh series are also Yeo Yann Yann, Chin Han, Ben Wang, and Jim Liu. While the cast is impressive, the images aren’t highlighting the magic of the story. The show looks grounded, but after watching the featurette, the scope of the show becomes much more apparent.

American Born Chinese Production Featurette

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From the featurette, one thing that instantly pops out is that Stephanie Hsu will be joining her movie parents to expand the cast even more. But even more apparent, American Born Chinese is going to be out of this world. It’s going to be 8 episodes of magical mayhem during the awkward years of growing up. The series is sure to be a beautiful blend of story, spectacle, and heart that the entire family will enjoy.

Unfortunately, a series premiere date has not been set. But fans can read Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel for free with Kindle Unlimited.


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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. 

Are you excited about American Born Chinese? When do you think we can expect the series to premiere? James Hong has to be in this in some way right? Let us know your thoughts and reactions to the first-look images and the series on social media!

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