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

The last time we checked in on writer and co-executive producer Tze Chun's upcoming HBO Max animated prequel series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, viewers were getting a look a new preview art and being promised big things for the new year. Flash ahead to February 2021, and it appears that promise is being kept. On Tuesday, the voice cast for the upcoming 10-episode family series from Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Television: Ming-Na Wen (Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Mandalorian, Mulan), BD Wong (Mr. Robot, Jurassic World), James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China, Blade Runner, Mulan), and Matthew Rhys (The Americans, Perry Mason) as the series' "big bad" (Variety reporting).

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Sam Wing's (Izaac Wang) mother Fong Wing (Wen) is a doctor of Chinese medicine who is resourceful, slyly funny, and fiercely protective of her family- while his father Hon Wing (Wong) is a calm rock that has never believed his father-in-law's tales of magic and adventure. Hong's Grandpa is the elder of the Wing family who claims to have traveled the world on grand adventures and that he alone knows the true power and secrets of the Mogwai and why they need to be protected. Rhys' Riley Greene is a power-hungry English industrialist and treasure hunter who wields black magic and is determined to stop at nothing in his pursuit of Gizmo and the mythical treasure of the Mogwai. Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai voice cast also includes A.J. LoCascio at Gizmo and Gabrielle Green as 12-year-old human friend Elle.

Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai released a new preview image (Image: Warner Bros.)
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai released a new preview image (Image: Warner Bros.)

In the animated television adaptation, we travel back to 1920s Shanghai to reveal the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie) met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.

Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation. The series is written by Chun and executive produced by Darryl Frank (The Americans, Animaniacs, Amazing Stories!), Justin Falvey (The Americans, Animaniacs, Amazing Stories!), and Sam Register (Teen Titans Go! upcoming Animaniacs) with Chun and Brendan Hay (Dawn of the Croods, Robot Chicken, Harvey Girls Forever) serving as co-executive producer. Dan Krall (Coraline, Scooby-Doo!) will serve as supervising producer.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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