Wong, who reprised his Marvel Cinematic Universe role as the sorcerer Wong in the recently minted blockbuster “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” said he’s pleased to see films of all budget levels featuring Asian leads getting in front of audiences.
“Most of these projects are all kind of founded for the ‘lack of,’ really, and then people are just getting up and kind of going, ‘We are having to tell our stories,’ as opposed to ‘Wait’ — there is no waiting. It's in the doing,” said Wong, expressing hope that “Shang-Chi” stood tall as proof of the appetite for inclusive storytelling.
A who’s who of some of the most famous faces among the Hollywood’s Asian diaspora turned out to support writer, director and actor Justin Chon at the Los Angeles premiere of his buzzed-about new film “Blue Bayou,” including Awkwafina, Benedict Wong, Jimmy O. Yang, Harry Shum, Jr., Manny Jacinto and George Takei.
“We're in our second week and it's number one, and I love what this impact has made – this swell of Asian pride rippling across the world is much needed,” he said. And for a kid [like myself] that didn't really have any sort of, kind of Asian heroes to grow up to…to experience that is change itself, and that is welcomed.” “I recently saw a little kid holding aloft the figure of Shang-Chi.
“Blue Bayou” made a significant impact on audiences at the Cannes Film Festival, and Chon, whose previous films “Man Up” and “Gook” pushed forward cinematic storytelling with Asian characters front and center, said he’s hopeful about the state of inclusion in film today.
Asked if he’d started to feel his own sense of belonging in Hollywood, Chon mused for a moment. “That's a very tough question. Hollywood, I think, is maybe slowly starting to come around, and it's a good feeling that they're acknowledging some of my work, but I'm very excited for what's to come and the opportunity to tell more of my community stories.”” /> I do feel now that I have rights to tell my stories.
But I think it's, it's a good time. “There's been some really positive change,” he said. And we’ve got to continue to tell our stories.” “I do think we have some more, a lot of work to do. I think that the fact that a film like this is coming out is very encouraging.
“I started hearing through the adopted community that this issue is taking place, where adoptees who were brought here as young children and were now adults, getting deported after they were adopted by U.S, citizens,” said Chon, who headlines the film opposite Alicia Vikander. “It just really absolutely made no sense to me, so I thought it was a very important issue, very important issue to shine a light on.”
“I was really hoping to put as much effort into doing the adoptee experience some justice, make sure that they that they felt like in some way I authentically portrayed their experiences in this country, specifically adoptees who are getting deported,” he added. “That was what was very important to me.”
Chong told Variety he was moved to craft the story — in which he stars as an Asian-American adoptee who’s lived the bulk of his life in a small Louisiana town and suddenly finds himself facing the terrifying prospect of an unjust deportation — after hearing of real adoptees facing similarly jarring circumstances.

Will Smith was his own worst enemy at CinemaCon on Thursday, a first look at Ang Lee's effects marvel "Gemini Man" revealed.
"If you're a director and you get to work with Will Smith, you should consider yourself lucky — and thanks to new technology, I get two," Lee joked. The acclaimed director of "Brokeback Mountain" and "Life of Pi" praised Smith for going deep into the layers of his personality to unearth both characters, calling the effort "daring."
"You have all of his gifts, and none of his pain," Owen told the younger Smith in a rough-cut trailer. Smith looked every inch a kid as the younger character, as fresh-faced and clear-eyed as he did upon his debut in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." The effects were jarring at first for the crowd, inspiring pensive silence as the whole of the Colosseum Theater studied the CGI.
"Gemini Man" has been in development since 1997, when the project was purchased as a proof of concept for Walt Disney Studios, with directors like Tony Scott and Curtis Hanson attached. The complex visual effects required to create two versions of the same man, decades apart in age, helped keep the project on the shelf at Disney. It languished for years before the rights were acquired by Paramount co-production and financing partner Skydance Media. Lee and Smith boarded the movie shortly after.
Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Benedict Wong co-star in the film, as advisors to Smiths both young and old.
The dramatic actioner sees present-day Smith hunted by a cunning and unidentifiable enemy throughout a European city, and soon discovers it's a younger version of himself.
government was not willing to lose — even if that meant making a copy. The film's elder Smith had seen better days. Though plotlines were largely unclear, Smith was some kind of a rare trained assassin that the U.S.
"I'm 50 years old now, and I don't know that I would have had the experience to play a 23-year-old me [earlier in my career]," Smith said in a pre-taped message to the exhibitors.
A full trailer should drop sometime this summer, as the Paramount Pictures and Skydance release hits theaters in October.” />