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Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai voice cast is to die for

May 18th, 2022 by Marc Comments

When we heard a Gremlins series, Secrets of the Mogwai, was in development, we were a little disappointed as we had waited years for a third movie in the series [which sounded great] but we sound got a bit more excited about it.

Soon after it was announced, we learned that Gremlins 2 director, Joe Dante, had signed on as a hands-on producer on the new series; now, full disclosure, I’m not a big fan of Gremlins 2 but at least having Dante involved means HBO Max is reaching back to the original 80s movies and those involve to try to keep the flavour true to what went before.

We know that the new series will be set in Shanghai in the 1920s and will tell the story of how Sam Wing, the old man from the original 1984 movie, first met the little Mogwai we eventually come to know as Gizmo.

However, any doubt I had that WB Animation and Amblin TV weren’t pulling out all the stops are gone as we have now got out first look at the voice cast and characters they’ll pay and, oh my.

The Wing family is voiced by an esteemed cast led by Ming-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Mandalorian, Mulan), James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China, Blade Runner, Mulan) – who was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this month – BD Wong (Mr. Robot, Jurassic World film franchise), and Izaac Wang.

Fong Wing (voiced by Ming-Na Wen)—Fong Wing is Sam’s mother and a doctor of Chinese medicine. She’s resourceful, slyly funny, and fiercely protective of her family, even her frequently troublesome father.  She’ll do anything to aid and protect her son.

Grandpa (voiced by James Hong)—A free spirit and self-proclaimed expert in Chinese myth and magic, Grandpa is the elder of the Wing family. He claims to have traveled the world on grand adventures, but nobody really believed him… until now. He alone knows the true power (and secrets) of the Mogwai and the importance of protecting them.

Hon Wing (voiced by BD Wong)—Hon Wing is Sam’s father and the family’s calm rock. He’s never believed his father-in-law’s tales of magic and adventure. But when he and Fong become separated from Sam, he realizes the world is stranger than he thought, and that he’ll need to become braver to reunite his family.

Sam Wing (voiced by Izaac Wang)—Sam Wing is a naïve 10-year-old boy who will one day become Mr. Wing, the mysterious shopkeep and Gizmo’s guardian in the original Gremlins films. Young Sam lives with his family in the tiny apartment behind their struggling medicine shop. Sheltered and cautious, Sam will be thrown into the adventure of a lifetime when he promises his Grandpa he’ll get Gizmo home.

Aside from relative newcomer Wang, the three principal actors are pretty close to legends; Ming-Na Wen has recently joined our all-time favourite Star Wars characters as bounty hunter Fennic Shand in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.

James Hong is, without exaggeration, a legend, starring in Big Trouble and Little China and Blade Runner, just last weekend I watched him in another movie destined to be a classic, Everything Everywhere All At Once and then last, but not least, Jurassic Park and Gotham star BD Wong is currently blowing my mind in Mr Robot – which I’m watching for the first time.

This is a cast to die for and our excitement for this series has officially gone into overdrive.

No word on when it will hit yet but we’ll keep you posted, guys.

A period piece set in 1920s Shanghai, the series reveals how a 10-year-old Sam Wing – who becomes the future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie – met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. They strike up a lifelong friendship as Wing attempts to return Gizmo to his family, encountering and sometimes battling colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore.

Meanwhile, the two and street thief Elle are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.

Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation. Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, Presidents of Amblin Television are executive producers. Tze Chun serves as showrunner and executive producer. Brendan Hay serves as executive producer with Dan Krall serving as Supervising Producer.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….