What’s next for Michelle Yeoh? Starring in 'Avatar', 'Transformers' and 'Wicked'!

Michelle Yeoh in the upcoming TV series 'American Born Chinese'. – Photo: Disney+ Hotstar

After winning the Best Actress Oscar for Everything Everywhere All At Once, Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh will no doubt be inundated with roles and offers.

However, she already has a fairly busy slate of films and TV shows in the pipeline, from voicing animated characters to starring in the third and fourth Avatar movies.

Here’s what we can expect from Yeoh in the near future..

American Born Chinese (2023)

Set for premiere on Disney+ Hotstar on May 24, American Born Chinese is a genre-hopping action-comedy based on the graphic novel of the same name by Gene Luen Yang.

The series tells the story of Jin Wang, an average teenager juggling his high school social life with his home life. When he meets a new foreign student on the first day of the school year, even more worlds collide as Jin is unwittingly entangled in a battle of Chinese mythological gods.

Yeoh will be reunited with fellow Everything Everywhere All At Once co-stars Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu (who guests stars) in a cast that also includes fellow Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann, among others.

Ark: The Animated Series (2023)

An animated series based on the video game Ark: Survival Evolved, it stars Madeleine Madden as Helena Walker, a paleontologist from the 21st century, who mysteriously wakes up to find herself adrift in the middle of an ocean and ends up on a strange island filled with denizens from all ages and species, including dinosaurs, ancient races and so on.

Yeoh will be voicing a character named Mei-yin Li, who is described as “a Chinese rebel leader from the Third century who is feared throughout the Ark as the ‘Beast Queen’”.

Other big names on the voice cast include Gerard Butler, Karl Urban, Elliot Page, Russell Crowe, Vin Diese, and Monica Bellucci.

The Brothers Sun (2023)

This upcoming Netflix series features an all-Asian cast and is described as an “action-packed show is a mix of family soap and dark comedy”.

It stars Justin Chien as the eldest child in the Sun family, who was groomed by his father to become a Taipei gangster. But when his father is shot by an assassin, Charles travels to Los Angeles to protect his mother (Yeoh) and oblivious younger brother, Bruce (Sam Song Li).

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023)

In the seventh, yes SEVENTH, movie in the live-action Transformers franchise, Yeoh will be voicing Airazor, a ‘Maximal’ (the beast version of the Autobots) who transforms into a falcon.

A direct sequel of sorts to the last Transformers movie, 2018’s Bumblebee, this movie is set in the year 1994, where a pair of human archaeologists from Brooklyn get caught up with the Autobots, and discover three new factions of the Transformers race: the Maximals, the Predacons and the Terrorcons.

A Haunting in Venice (2023)

A supernatural-thriller inspired by the acclaimed murder mystery writer Agatha Christie’s novel Hallowe’en Party, this movie is the third Christie adaptation to be directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars as the iconic Belgian investigator Hercule Poirot.

The first two adaptations were 2017's Murder On The Orient Express, and 2022's Death On The Nile.

Yeoh and Branagh will be part of a star-studded ensemble cast which includes Tina Fey, Kyle Allen), Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, and Riccardo Scamarcio.

Avatar 3 (2024) and 4 (2026)

Do you really need a description of a franchise that has two out of the Top Three highest-grossing movies of all-time? James Cameron has said in interviews that Avatar 3 will feature the volcano-dwelling "Ash People" Na’vi clan, so you can be sure it’s going to be a, er, fiery sequel.

Nothing much is known about Yeoh’s role in Avatar 3 and 4 yet, beyond the fact that she plays a human scientist called Dr. Karina Mogue. Let’s hope we get a Na’Vi version of her!

Wicked: Part One (2024) and Part Two (2025)

This will be an interesting one. You’ve seen Yeoh fight her way through hordes of bad guys before, but have you heard her sing?

Yeoh will be starring as Madame Morrible in the upcoming film adaptation of theatre musical Wicked, which will be split into two films. And yes, she will be singing in a movie for the first time ever!

Wicked is directed by Crazy Rich Asians' Jon M. Chu, and will also star Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande, and Jeff Goldblum. Wicked: Part One will be released in December 2024, while the second part comes out in 2025.

The Tiger's Apprentice (2024)

An animated feature based on the action-adventure fantasy novel of the same name, written by American author Laurence Yep, which inserts ancient Chinese mythology into modern life in San Francisco.

Tom is a young boy who becomes the magical apprentice of the tiger Mr. Hu, and together, they have to protect the ancient phoenix from Vatten and the Clan of Nine.

The star-studded voice cast includes Yeoh, Henry Golding, Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, Brandon Soo Hoo, and Bowen Yang.

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