After landing rising star Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) to lead the animated adaptation, Paramount Animation’s The Tiger’s Apprentice has expanded its cast with the additions of Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) and Michelle Yeoh (Last Christmas), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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In addition to Oh and Yeoh, the cast for the film has also expanded to include Brandon Soo Hoo (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live), Sherry Cola (Good Trouble) and Khen Hua Tan (Magnum P.I.). The film will mark the third collaboration between Yeoh and Golding after the two previously starred together in his breakout hit Crazy Rich Asians and the Paul Feig-helmed rom-com Last Christmas.
Oh, who recently nabbed an Emmy nomination for her performance in the BBC hit drama Killing Eve, has signed on to star as Mistral, a friend of the titular hero who is an exiled dragon living in San Francisco, while Yeoh’s character is being kept under wraps.
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First published in 2003, The Tiger’s Apprentice tells the story of a boy named Tom Lee as he suddenly meets a shape-shifting talking tiger named Mr. Hu in San Franciso who takes Tom under his wing. From then on, Tom’s life is forever change when Mr. Hu introduces him to the magical world that includes an ancient phoenix, a dragon and a clan of evil-doers. The first novel was followed by two book sequels Tiger’s Blood and Tiger Magic.
The film adaptation will be the directorial film debut of Carlos Baena, who is known for his works on Wall-E and Toy Story 3. The screenplay is co-written by David Magee, Harry Cripps and Kyle Jarrow. It will be produced by Sandra Rabins and Jane Startz with Raman Hui and Kane Lee set as executive producers.
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Henry Golding had gained recognition for his role as Nick Young in Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians which was his first ever Hollywood project. Since then, he has been cast in other films such as A Simple Favor, Last Christmas and The Gentlemen. His next high-profile film is Paramount’s G.I. Joe spinoff film Snake Eyes which is currently slated to be released sometime this year.
The Tiger’s Apprentice is expected to hit the theaters on February 10, 2023.
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