Mira: The Royal Detective

Cast: Leela Ladnier, Freida Pinto, Hannah Simone, Kal Penn, Jameela Jamil, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aasif Mandvi

Synopsis: Mira, Royal Detective takes place in the magical land of Jalpur, inspired by the cultures and customs of India (with each 22-minute episode set to feature authentic music and dance elements). Mira is a brave and resourceful commoner who gets appointed as a royal detective after she solves a mystery involving young Prince Neel (Kamran Lucas). Mira and Neel then team up to travel throughout the kingdom and help royals and commoners alike. Mira’s creative cousin Priya (newcomer Roshni Edwards) is also along for the ride, as are “comical mongoose sidekicks” Mikku (Penn) and Chikku (Utkarsh Ambudkar).

Nomadland

Director: Chloe Zhao

Synopsis: Nomadland follows Fern (McDormand) who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. The A Highwayman Films, Hear/Say Productions, and Cor Cordium Production film is based on the non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder, which McDormand and producer Peter Spears (Call Me By Your Name) optioned soon after it was published in 2017.

Over the Moon

Producer: Janet Yang

Songwriter: Helen Park

Synopsis: “Over the Moon” is a musical adventure feature film about a girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Moon Goddess.

Why Open: Featuring a to-be-announced Asian female character and story, and produced by the legendary Janet Yang of the Joy Luck Club.

Saying Goodbye to Yang

Director: Kogonada

Synopsis: Kogonada’s film, based on a sci-fi short story, will star a to-be-casted new face Asian.

Shang-Chi

Director: to be announced Asian

Cast: very Asian

Writer: Dave Callaham

Synopsis: Marvel’s first Asian superhero.

The Cave

Director: Tom Waller

Writer: Tom Waller

Synopsis: Thai soccer team rescue.

Why Open: From Thai-Irish Writer/Director Tom Waller, The Cave explores the triumphant rescue of a young Thai soccer team.

The Eternals

Director: Chloe Zhao

Synopsis: The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.

Why Open: The Eternals makes Chloe Zhao the first woman of color director for the world’s most lucrative franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Ghost Bride

Director: Quek Shio-Chuan, Ho Yu-Hang

Cast: Huang Peijia, Wu Kang Ren, Ludi Lin, Tian Tze Kuang

Writer: Kai Yu Wu

Creator: Choo Yangsze

Synopsis: Based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name created by Yangsze Choo, the story is set in 1890s Colonial-era Malacca and sees a woman receive a proposal from a wealthy family to become the ghost bride of their recently deceased son. The position is financially lucrative, but means she will be haunted for the rest of her life. Her escape is even more complicated.

Why Open: The Ghost Bride is an adaptation of a New York Times bestseller of the same name created by Yangsze Choo. The 6-part series takes a refreshing production approach of featuring dual directors and a team of international screenwriters with established Hollywood American-Taiwanese TV writer Kai Yu Wu as head writer.