Disney+’s “American Born Chinese” Casts “Light the Night’s” Jimmy Liu

Disney+’s “American Born Chinese” Casts "Light the Night’s" Jim Liu
Photo: Jimmy Liu in Light the Night / jimmm___0504 Instagram

Light the Night Part 3 which serves as the final instalment of the popular Netflix series is finally gearing up for its much-awaited release on March 18. Remember Jimmy Liu (formerly Jim Liu) who plays Ruby Lin’s son in the show?

The young Taiwanese actor has scored a role in Disney+’s newest project. It’s the series adaptation of Gene Luen Yang’s award-winning graphic novel American Born Chinese. Jimmy plays Wei-Chen, an immigrant newly arrived in the US. He becomes BFFs with Ben Wang‘s Jin Wang, one of the characters central to the story.

The on-screen BFFs hanging out at a recent NBA game in Los Angeles with co-star Yeo Yann Yann and show producer Melvin Mar below.

Making his showbiz debut in Taiwan’s “TVBS Rookie Camp”, the 19-year-old is in very very good company. He shares the stage with international superstars such as the one and only Michelle Yeoh, Daniel Wu, Chin Han as well as Yeo Yann Yann, Sydney Taylor and Ke Huy Quan. Not only that, the series is also being helmed by none other than Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton.

When his casting was first announced, Jimmy couldn’t seem to hide his excitement. He wrote, “Thank you director, CASTING, screenwriters and production company for their affirmation. This is something I never dared to dream of. Thanks as well to my agency and agent for taking good care of me. I’m very honoured to participate in this project and will do my best to portray my role to the best of my abilities. I hope everyone looks forward to this.

Filming Has Already Kicked Off

Filming for the series which began in February is already ongoing. A post shared by series producer Melvin Mar gives us a glimpse of the cast and crew on their first day.

American Born Chinese follows the story of a teenager from a Chinese immigrant family who accidentally finds himself entangled in a battle between the gods of Chinese mythology. He juggles trying to “fit in” in an American high school with that of his home life as an immigrant. Does this bring to mind the Percy Jackson series particularly the first book where he struggles to fit in as a typical student whilst trying to come to terms with him being a demigod? Except his situation didn’t have the extra complexity of being a Chinese immigrant thrown into the mix.

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