Former Pixar animator Carlos Baena is making his first-ever feature film debut based on Laurence Yep’s children’s book. Taking after the same name of the Yep’s book, The Tiger’s Apprentice holds much promise, especially with such star-studded cast.
Announced earlier today, Crazy Rich Asians’ Michelle Yeoh and Emmy-nominated Sandra Oh from Killing Eve and Grey’s Anatomy star will be joining Henry Golding to voice characters in The Tiger’s Apprentice.
Yeoh’s character in the animated film is still unclear, but the International actress has been keeping herself busy with starring in Star Trek: Discovery and the 2019 romantic comedy Last Christmas with Golding himself. Yeoh’s future projects include Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and James Cameron’s Avatar 2.
Oh, on the other hand, will play Mistral, a friend of the tiger (voiced by golden boy Golding) who is an exiled dragon now living in San Francisco. The actress was nominated for outstanding lead actress in Killing Eve for the third time and is a fan-favourite character in Grey’s Anatomy.
The 2 actresses have done voice work prior to The Tiger’s Apprentice. Yeoh voiced Soothsayer in Kung Fu Panda 2 and Oh voiced Castaspella in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
Singaporean actress Tan Kheng Hua (Crazy Rich Asians, Phua Chu Kang), Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder), Sherry Cola (Good Trouble) and Bowen Yang (Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens) are all set to join the cast as well.
The Tiger’s Apprentice centres around a Chinese American boy named Tom who learns that he is the Guardian of the Chinese Zodiac. The Tiger’s Apprentice has a release date of 19 January 2023.