20th Television is developing a brand-new drama series called “Interior Chinatown”, which is being created by Taika Waititi and Charles Yu, who wrote the 2020 bestselling book of the same name. It will star Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Chloe Bennett, Sullivan Jones and Lisa Gilroy.
“Interior Chinatown” follows the story of Willis Wu (played by Jimmy O. Yang), a background character trapped in a police procedural show, trying to find his way into the larger story–and along the way, discovers secrets about the strange world he inhabits and his family’s buried history.
Deadline is reporting that Tzi Ma, Diana Lin and Archie Kao have been cast in series-regular roles.
Diana Lin will play Lily Wu, Willis’s mother who is both his biggest fan and sharpest critic. Diana has previously starred in “The Farewell”, “Australia Day” and “The Family Law”.
Archie Kao will play Uncle Wong, Willis’ curmudgeonly boss at the Golden Palace. Kao has previously starred in “Chicago P.D.”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, and “Power Rangers Lost Galaxy”.
Lilly Ma will be playing Joe Wu, Willis’ father who, as a former wing chun master, once ran the most prestigious martial arts school in Chinatown. Lilly has previously appeared in Netflix’s “Tigertail” and the CW’s “Kung Fu”.
Taika Waititi is an executive producer on the show and will be directing the pilot. Charles Yu, will also be an executive producer and the showrunner of the series. Other executive producers include Dan Lin, Lindsey Liberatore, Elsie Choi, Jeff Skoll, Miura Kite and Garrett Basch.
The series will be released on Hulu in the United States, and expect to see it released internationally as a Star Original on Star+ in Latin America and on Disney+ around the world.