Gremlins Prequel Show Casts Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong, Matthew Rhys

HBO Max’s upcoming animated film, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, adds Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong, Matthew Rhys and James Hong to the cast.

HBO Max’s upcoming animated series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai adds Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong, Matthew Rhys and James Hong. The original film, Gremlins, became a cult classic after its release in 1984, and inspired a slightly less well-received sequel several years later. The Gremlins The series focuses on tiny, cuddly little creatures known as Mogwai who, when exposed to water or fed after midnight (among other things), transform into violent and vicious gremlins. The franchise has long been praised for its mix of humor and darker moments, perfectly portrayed in its titular furry characters.

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Although fans are still hoping for a Gremlins 3, HBO Max is moving forward with another Mogwai related project. Officially announced in 2019, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai will be an animated series set years before the first film. It will center on Sam Wing, ten years old, the Gremlins, as he adapts to acting as a guardian for the Mogwai everyone knows and loves, Gizmo. Secrets of Mogwai will also dive into Chinese mythology and offer many Easter eggs from Gremlins movies.

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With Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai considering a release this year, the voice casting has been announced. According to Variety, Agents of SHIELD veterinarian Ming-Na Wen will voice Sam’s mother, Fong Wing, a doctor who is “resourceful, slyly funny and fiercely protective of his family.” In the meantime, Jurassic world BD star Wong is the father of Sam, Hon Wing, a “calm rock” who “never believed in the tales of magic and adventure of his stepfather“Sam’s grandfather, someone who knows the true power and secrets of the Mogwai, will be voiced by James Hong. Sam himself will be brought to life by Izaac Wang.

Meanwhile, Matthew Rhys (Americans) will assume the role of Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwaithe villain, a “power-hungry English industrialist and treasure hunterNamed Riley Greene. He uses dark magic and is in pursuit of Gizmo. Speaking of the familiar little creature, Gizmo will be voiced by AJ LoCascio, as opposed to Howie Mendel as in the movie. Gabrielle Green completes it. Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwaiis chosen as Elle, Sam’s 12-year-old friend.

This is a pretty robust voice cast, and actually offers some fun get-togethers. Wen, Wong, and Hong have all played roles in Disney Mulan, and their cast as Secrets of MogwaiThe central family of brings them together once again in a way that is sure to delight fans of the animated film. So far nothing else has been revealed about Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai beyond concept art, although a trailer could emerge relatively soon if HBO Max plans to release it this year. With the cast fleshed out, the pictures will hopefully be the next piece of news to come.

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Source: Variety

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