‘American Born Chinese’ First Look: Michelle Yeoh Stars as Mythological Goddess in Disney+ Series


Michelle Yeoh is a mythological goddess in the new Disney+ series American born Chinese. Based on Gene Luen Yang’s genre-hopping graphic novel, Disney unveiled a promo clip of the new series at the D23 Expo.

“It’s a lot of fun, it’s a logbook full of magic, it’s a lot of tough action,” Yeoh says in the clip you can watch in the video above. Yeoh later adds, “It’s a magical ride and that’s what Disney+ is all about.”

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American born Chinese tells the story of Jin Wang (Ben Wang), an average teenager who combines his social life in high school with his private life. When he meets a new student on the first day of the school year, even more worlds collide when Jin unwittingly becomes embroiled in a battle between Chinese mythological gods.

Wang is joined by Yeo Yann Yann as Christine Wang, Chin Han as Simon Wang, Ke Huy Quan as Freddy Wong, Jimmy Liu as Wei-Chen, Sydney Taylor as Amelia with Daniel Wu as Sun Wukong “The Monkey King” and Yeoh as Guanyin .

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Kelvin Yu (Bob’s Burgers) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Destin Daniel Cretton (Marvel’s) Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) is set to direct and serves as executive producer, alongside Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan (Doogie Kamealoha, MD), Erin O’Malley (Doogie Kamealoha, MD), Asher Goldstein (Short term 12) and Gene Luen Yang. The Disney Branded Television series is produced by 20th Television, part of Disney Television Studios.

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Guest directors for the show are Peng Zhang (Episode 4) and Lucy Liu (Episode 6).

American born Chinese is expected to hit Disney+ in 2023.