‘Gremlins’ Animated Prequel Sets Voice Cast
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai might arrive on HBO Max later this year, and its voice cast is promising!
It’s been roughly two years since we first heard about plans to develop an animated Gremlins series, and sources say the show has been in active production since at least July 2019. We later learned about the series’ title and its setting: 1920s Shanghai. Ahead of its tentative release later this year, we now have learned about the leading voices thanks to Variety.
The main character, Sam Wing, will be voiced by Izaac Wang (Good Boys, Raya and the Last Dragon); Ming-Na Wen (Agents of SHIELD, The Mandalorian) is set to voice her mother, Fong Wing; the boy’s father, Hon Wing, will have BD Wong’s (Mr. Robot, Jurassic World) voice; the elder of the Wing family is voiced by legendary actor James Hong (Blade Runner, Mulan); and Matthew Rhys (The Americans, Perry Mason) is going to play the villain, Riley Greene, an industrialist who wields black magic and has a growing army of evil Gremlins. Also joining the cast are A.J. LoCascio as Gizmo and Gabrielle Green as Elle, a friend of Sam’s.
The show’s synopsis reads as follows:
The upcoming, 10-episode animated television adaptation reveals the story of how naïve 10-year-old Sam Wing (the future mysterious Chinatown shopkeep Mr. Wing in the original live-action flick), 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 has been written by showrunner Tze Chun (Gotham, Little America), who is also serving as co-executive producer. Amblin Television’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will executive produce alongside Sam Register — all of them have previously worked together on Animaniacs. Amblin is producing in association with Warner Bros. Animation.
The official release date is unknown at this point, but the series is expected to hit HBO Max in late 2021 or early 2022.
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