Cover Star: To be announced Asian star
Editor-in-Chief: Michelle Lee
Why Open: Gracing the cover of Allure, the beauty bible that’s helmed by AdWeek’s Editor-in-Chief of the Year, Michelle Lee, is one of the most prominent, talented, and fashionable Asians. The April cover star will be announced mid-March.
Cast: Steven Yeun, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani
Synopsis: Next stop ahead The Twilight Zone. CBS All Access’ upcoming reimagining of the original series, which premiered in 1959, will debut in early 2019. Jordan Peele will serve as host and narrator of the new series, a role made famous by creator Rod Serling, who used socially conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times.
Director: Kevin Tancharoen (pilot)
Cast: Olivia Cheng, Andrew Koji, Joe Taslim, Dianne Doan, Dustin Nguyen, Jason Tobin
Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the aftermath of the Civil War, Warrior tells the story of a young martial arts prodigy, newly arrived from China, who finds himself caught up in the bloody Chinatown Tong wars.
Why Open: Inspired by the writings of martial arts icon, Bruce Lee, and produced by Justin Lin, this 10-episode series includes an international cast led by British actor Andrew Koji. It’s the first homegrown tentpole series under Cinemax’s new programming direction.
Cast: Sandra Oh
Synopsis: Starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, Killing Eve centers on two women: Eve (Oh) is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade MI5 security officer whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle (Comer) is a mercurial, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. Penned by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, Killing Eve will follow these two women, equally obsessed with each other, as they go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse.
Why Open: Legendary icon, Sandra Oh, dazzles in the chilling Killing Eve. Her performance has been consistently honored by the Golden Globes, SAG, the Critics Choice, and many more.
Director: Gan Bi
Writer: Gan Bi
Cast: Wei Tang, Jue Huang, Sylvia Chang
Luo Hongwu returns to Kaili, the hometown from which he fled 12 years earlier. As memories of an enigmatic and beautiful woman resurface – a woman he loved and whom he has never been able to forget – Luo Hongwu begins his search for her. Past and present, reality and dream interweave in Bi Gan’s stunningly beautiful and highly innovative film noir.
Cast: Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Benedict Wong, Hiroyuku Sanada
Producer: Trinh Tran
Marketing: Asad Ayaz
Synopsis: After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.
Why Open: Sure; it’s a big budget film in the most lucrative franchise in history–so why do they need us? Because we have to celebrate its lead Asian (especially hapas!) cast and honor Trinh Tran, its incredible Executive Producer who’s the right hand to the directing Russo Brothers. We also need to celebrate Marvel’s Marketing Chief, Asad Ayaz.
Creator: Sun-min Kim
Cast: Lee Hom Wang
Writer: Vivian Wang
Synopsis: An animated adventure in which the free-spirited UglyDolls confront what it means to be different, struggle with a desire to be loved, and ultimately discover who you truly are is what matters most.
Cast: Ken Watanabe
Producer: Tsunekazu Ishihara
Marketing: James Ngo
Synopsis: In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.
Why Open: Pokemon is the most lucrative franchise in the world, in history. Of course, it was also created by an Asian. The incredible Detective Pikachu stars iconic Ken Watanabe and boasts a slate of Asian executives ensuring its success.