A new show set to premiere on Disney+ will reunite the award-winning cast of Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) for a fresh new adaptation of the genre-hopping graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang.
The series comes as Disney CEO Bob Iger pushes the focus from quantity of content on its streaming platform to quality for all Disney’s new releases, and with an emphasis on the newest Key: Inclusion. Though Disney Studios has received pushback for being too “woke” in recent casting decisions such as Peter Pan & Wendy and The Little Mermaid (2023), it remains committed to telling diverse stories and furthering media representation.
Everything Everywhere All at Once swept the Oscars last night with ten total wins, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score. Of course, its stars also brought home Academy Awards for their performances in the sci-fi film, and now will bring those talents to new roles on the Walt Disney Studios’ streaming platform.
From director Destin Daniel Cretton (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, 2021), American Born Chinese will combine the classic coming-of-age story with unique cultural mythology to tell the tale of regular Asian American high school student Jin (Ben Wang), whose life becomes involved with ancient gods from Chinese mythology. Moreover, drawing on elements of wuxia, a type of period drama genre in Chinese entertainment involving historical tones and warrior plots, the new show will bring a magical realism element to day-to-day comedy.
In fact, Disney+ officially describes the show as telling:
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.
Furthermore, now Oscar-worthy cast from Everything Everywhere All at Once will star in the show, such as Ke Huy Quan (Best Supporting Actor), Stephanie Hsu (Nominee, Best Supporting Actress), and Michelle Yeoh (Best Actress), plus Yeo Yann Yann, Chin Han, Daniel Wu, Sydney Taylor, and Poppy Liu.
You can catch this star-studded performance when American Born Chinese premieres May 24 on Disney+.