The promotional push is underway for the upcoming Disney+ series American Born Chinese with the release of its first full trailer.
The adaption of Gene Luen Yang’s award-winning 2006 graphic novel of the same name reunites Everything Everywhere All At Once cast members Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Stephanie Hsu.
The story follows Jin Wang (Ben Wang), a child of Chinese immigrants who’s seemingly a normal high schooler struggling with his school and home life.
But things are far from normal soon after he’s introduced to a new Chinese exchange student and asked to play the role of chaperone for the newcomer to the school.
Their meeting leads to a sequence of events that thrust Jim into a battle between Gods of Chinese mythology.
Reunited! Everything Everywhere All At Once stars Michelle Yeoh, 60, and Ke Huy Quan, 51, reunite for the neww Disney+ series American Born Chinese
Off the top of the trailer, Jim is portrayed in typical home and school settings that ultimately portray him as an outcast of sorts due to his Chinese heritage.
His life takes a dramatic turn when school officials ask Jim to serve as a guide for new student Wei-Chen (Jim Liu), who’s also said to be Chinese, but in reality is not all what he seems.
‘I just want to be a regular guy who does regular stuff,’ Jim says before being confronted by a group of kids who tease him in school: ‘You made a new friend.’
‘I just thought this year was going to be different,’ he confesses to Wei-Chen.
It’s at this point in the teaser that Jim gets his first look at that battle between Gods of Chinese mythology.
Stunned and baffled over what’s going on, Wei-Chen confesses to his newfound friend, ‘I’m not from this world,’ adding, ‘I need your help with my quest to stop the uprising.’
It turns out his friend is actually the son of a mythological god.
The trailer goes on to showcase both Yeoh and Quan in their first post-Oscar roles, as well Hsu, who has a recurring role in the action-comedy.
Teen life: Ben Wang portray Jim Wang, a seemingly normal teenager of Chinese immigrants
Setting the tine: Off the top of the trainer, Jim is seen enjoying dinner with his mother
Paired up: Once at school, Jim is asked to play chaperone to a new Chinese student
Outcasts: Ultimately Jim is portrayed him as an outcast of sorts due to his Chinese heritage.
Fitting in: ‘I just want to be a regular guy who does regular stuff,’ Jim says before being confronted by a group of kids who tease him in school: ‘You made a new friend’
This series is also the story of a young man’s battle for his own identity, told through family, comedy, and action-packed Kung-Fu.
Along with Wang, Liu, Yeoh, Quan and Hsu, the cast also includes Yeo Yann Yann, Chin Han, Sydney Taylor, Hong Huifang, Poppy Liu, Ronny Chieng, Rosalie Chiang, James Hong, Lisa Lu, Jimmy O. Yang and Leonard Wu.
After making its world premiere at South By Southwest on March 15, all eight episodes of American Born Chinese are slated to debut on Disney+ on May 24.
Yeoh, 60, previously worked with the show’s co-director Destin Daniel Cretton, as part of the cast of Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings.
Lucy Liu also serves as director in the series comprising of eight episodes.
Yeoh, Quan and Hsu were all nominated for Oscars for their roles in Everything Everywhere All At Once at the 95th Academy Awards, which was held March 12.
The absurdist comedy-drama film won 7 of 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Actress for Yeoh, Best Supporting Actor for Quan, Best Supporting Actress for Jamie Lee Curtis, along with Best Picture and Best Director for the team of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
Battle begins: Jim’s life is far from normal after meeting his new friend, who’s not who he seems
Out of this world: Things get strange after Wei-Chen confesses he’s ‘not from this world
Epic: The meeting of Jim meets Wei-Chen leads to a sequence of events that thrust Jim into a battle between Gods of Chinese mythology.
Action packed: There’s no shortage of high-flying action and martial arts
School showdown: Much of the action goes down in the halls of their high school
High-flying: The action scenes are packed with lots of martial arts
Long format: The action comedy series comprises of eight episodes
Coming: American Born Chinese are slated to debut on Disney+ on May 24
Golden performances: Both Yeoh and Quan were honored with Oscars for their roles in Everything Everywhere All At Once this past March