Watching the team behind Everything Everywhere All At Once (EEAAO) win award after award earlier this year has been nothing short of satisfying. The wildly inventive, genre-bending, multiverse-jumping love letter to cinema and to kindness deserves all that and more.
Now that the dust has more or less settled, it’s normal to wonder what’s next. Writer-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert have said that the film won’t have any sequels, which, to be honest, might be for the best.
But if you love the stars of EEAAO and want to see more of them on screen, here are the projects they’ve got lined up in the near future.
Michelle Yeoh, who plays Evelyn Wang, is the star of the movie — and also of this universe. I don’t make the rules.
The Malaysian actress got to showcase her wide range of talents in EEAAO — from martial arts to wrenching hearts with just a glance. The great news is that her impressive 40-year career is far from over, and we’re happy to see her in everything, everywhere… though not all at once.
American Born Chinese (2023)
Fans of Yeoh don’t have to wait too long to see her in her element, with Disney+ set to release American Born Chinese on May 24. The eight-episode series is based on Gene Luen Yang’s 2006 graphic novel of the same name and tells the story of Jin Wang, a teenager who gets caught up in a battle among Chinese mythological gods. It is directed by Lucy Liu and Destin Daniel Cretton.
In this universe, Michelle Yeoh is Guanyin, a Bodhisattva — or a person on the path towards Buddhahood — associated with compassion. In some cultures, she is known as the Goddess of Mercy and The One Who Perceives the Sounds of the World.
You can watch Yeoh in her element as a literal deity in the trailer.
There are also some familiar faces in there, too, and we’ll get to them below.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023)
In June, we get to see Yeoh flex her voice acting skills in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, the seventh installment of the Transformers film franchise and a standalone sequel to 2018’s Bumblebee. The film is helmed by Steven Caple Jr. and penned by Joby Harold, Darnell Metayer, and Josh Peters.
The newest Transformers film is set in the 1990s and expands the ongoing battle between the Autobots and Decepticons with new factions of Transformers. The main story follows Brooklyn-born Noah and artifact researcher Elena, who get caught up in an intergalactic fight.
Yeoh is part of a star-studded voice-acting cast, which includes Peter Dinklage, Ron Perlman, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Pete Davidson, and Cristo Fernández. In the Transformers universe, Yeoh is Airazor, a Maximal warrior who turns into a Peregrine falcon.
A Haunting in Venice (2023)
Up next for Yeoh is A Haunting in Venice, which is set to hit US cinemas on September 15.
The upcoming supernatural thriller is led by some pretty iconic people: Kenneth Branagh directed the film, which is based on the novel Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie. It serves as a sequel to Murder on the Orient Express (2017) and Death on the Nile (2022).
In the film, Branagh reprises his role as Poirot, now a retired detective in self-imposed exile in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. He reluctantly agrees to attend a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo but soon finds himself thrust into a murder investigation after one of the participants is killed.
Alongside Branagh are Camille Cottin, Kyle Allen, Jamie Dornan, and the electric Michelle Yeoh.
The Tiger’s Apprentice (2024)
Yeoh’s next film has been in the works since 2008, having hurdled through production delays due to network decisions and COVID-19 to finally be slated for a January 2024 release. There’s not a lot of material out there just yet about the upcoming animated film, aside from this title card teaser.
But we do know that the film is based on Laurence Yep’s 2003 best-selling action-adventure fantasy novel of the same name.
In it, Tom’s life in San Francisco’s Chinatown isn’t what you’d call a regular one: He’s the reluctant apprentice of his eccentric grandmother, Mrs. Lee, who will be voiced by Yeoh. From her, he learns about ancient Chinese magic to protect the coral rose, an ancient artifact. But Tom’s life is turned upside down when Mr. Hu, a tiger, and Mrs. Lee’s former apprentice, arrives, and they are soon attacked.
The thrilling adventure follows Tom and Mr. Hu as they work with a group of creatures based on the Chinese zodiac to keep evil from taking over.
Alongside Yeoh are stars Sandra Oh, Henry Golding, and Lucy Liu.
Avatar 3 (2024)
The upcoming Avatar film, which may or may not be titled Avatar: The Seed Bearer, is the third film in James Cameron’s franchise, following 2022’s Avatar: The Way of Water.
Set for a December 2024 release, the upcoming sci-fi epic continues the groundbreaking story of the Avatar series. Many expect the film to follow Jake Sully and Neytiri while also exploring more parts of Pandora and different clans of Na’vi, though not a lot of other details have been officially revealed.
What we are sure about are three things.
Firstly, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, and Joel David Moore, among others, will be reprising their roles. Second, Yeoh will be joining them in this film as Dr. Karina Mogue, a human scientist. And lastly, given what the Avatar films have gifted us with so far, this third installment is bound to serve breathtaking visuals and a compelling story.
Wicked (2024, 2025)
Musical fans, this one’s for you: Yeoh has joined the cast of the upcoming two-part film adaptation of Wicked, the Tony-winning Broadway musical based on Gregory Maguire’s bestselling novel of the same name. She will star alongside Ariana Grande, Cynthia Erivo, Jeff Goldblum, Ethan Slater, and Jonathan Bailey.
Wicked is considered a prequel to L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (and the 1939 classic film of the same name). It tells the story of green-skinned Elphaba and how she came to be known as the Wicked Witch of the West.
Yeoh will take on the role of Madame Morrible, headmistress of Crage Hall at Shiz University and a cohort of The Wizard.
Jon M. Chu will be directing both film installments, which are scheduled for release on December 25, 2024, and December 25, 2025. The stage show’s book writer, Winnie Holzman, wrote the screenplay, while Stephen Schwartz is in charge of music.
Star Trek: Section 31 (2024)
Last but not least (at least for now) is Star Trek: Section 31, in which Yeoh will reprise her role as Emperor Philippa Georgiou.
Yeoh first brought the character to life in 2017, when the Emmy Award-winning series Star Trek: Discovery first premiered on Paramount+. The upcoming film is set to follow Emperor Philippa as she joins a secret Starfleet division tasked to protect the United Federation of Planets and, in the process, faces her past.
“I’m beyond thrilled to return to my Star Trek family and to the role I’ve loved for so long,” Yeoh expressed.
“Section 31 has been near and dear to my heart since I began the journey of playing Philippa all the way back when this new golden age of Star Trek launched… We can’t wait to share what’s in store for you, and until then: live long and prosper (unless Emperor Georgiou decrees otherwise)!”
Production on the film is scheduled to begin this year.
Stephanie Hsu as Joy Wang and Jobu Tupaki is so good at playing unhinged that she was nervous that she would weird out the EEAAO cast and crew while in character, dressed as Elvis and walking a pig on a leash. Hers is perhaps one of the more memorable character introductions in recent years, and her performance as an intergalactic supervillain is a gift audiences will always treasure.
Like Yeoh, Hsu is booked and busy, having appeared for an episode of Rian Johnson’s crime drama Poker Face, starring Natasha Lyonne and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, very recently.
American Born Chinese (2023)
Last year, Hsu was added to the cast of American Born Chinese, joining her EEAAO co-star Michelle Yeoh.
In the upcoming series, Hsu plays the role of Shiji Niangniang, the Goddess of Stones. According to legend, she was a 10,000-year-old demoness before transforming into a goddess. In the world of Jin Wang, she masquerades as a modern-day jewelry shop owner with a magical dog.
Joy Ride (2023)
Set for a US release in July, Joy Ride is a raunchy road trip comedy about identity, friendship, and belonging.
Central to the plot are four unlikely travel buddies: Childhood best friends Audrey and Lolo, Audrey’s former college roommate turned Chinese soap star Kat, and Lolo’s eccentric cousin Deadeye. The four travel to and across China in search of Audrey’s birth mother, but trouble — in the form of cocaine in a condom, to start — finds them.
The film is Adele Lim’s feature directorial debut and was written by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and Teresa Hsiao. Joy Ride is already getting rave reviews after its premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Lim also helped write Crazy Rich Asians, so it’ll be exciting to follow this up-and-coming Asian director as she directs more and more.
The Fall Guy (2024)
David Leitch’s upcoming action thriller The Fall Guy is an adaptation of the 1980s TV show of the same name by Glen A. Larson. In place of Lee Majors is Ryan Gosling, starring opposite Emily Blunt.
The film follows battered stuntman Colt, who gets assigned to work with a star whom he had doubled a long time ago but who had replaced him. The problem is that the star mysteriously goes missing.
In this movie, Hsu plays the assistant of the missing movie star.
Ke Huy Quan
In EEAAO, Ke Huy Quan played Waymond Wang, Evelyn’s husband and the epitome of googly-eye kindness. It was his first major American movie in nearly four decades, and though he had worried that this was it for him, a highly successful awards trail helped make sure that it wasn’t.
Quan’s star will continue to shine in the three projects below and, hopefully, even more to come.
American Born Chinese (2023)
Quan reunites with his EEAAO family in the coming-of-age adventure American Born Chinese.
The three of them being together in a project makes it feel like the show is just another universe in the EEAAO story, but here, Quan plays Freddy Wong, a fictional character from a popular mid-1990s sitcom.
Loki Season 2 (2023)
News about Quan joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) broke in September 2022 when he officially joined the cast of the second season of Loki, set to premiere this year on Disney+.
The six-episode season will see the return of Tom Hiddleston as the titular character alongside Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Tara Strong, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, and Jonathan Majors.
Speaking with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Quan shared that after EEAAO’s release, he had gotten a call from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who had invited him to join the MCU.
He joked, “…and I said, ‘You know what, nobody wants to hire me except Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, The Daniels, and Kevin Feige.’ It’s been incredible. 2022 is the year I will always remember because it’s one of the happiest years of my life.”
Quan will reportedly play an archivist for the Time Variance Authority, a bureaucratic organization, in the series.
The Electric State (2024)
Set to premiere sometime in 2024 on Netflix, The Electric State is a sci-fi adventure film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Simon Stålenhag.
Barring any major changes from the book, The Electric State will follow the story of a runaway teenager in search of her brother. Together with a robot, she travels through the American West, except it’s a strange landscape filled with discarded technology and the ruins of a gigantic battle.
Michelle Yeoh was originally tapped to join the ensemble cast, which includes Millie Bobby Brown, Chris Pratt, and Stanley Tucci, among others. But, perhaps due to her schedule, she wasn’t able to join the production, which ended in February this year.
Quan plays a doctor in the film.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis has had a long and decorated Hollywood career, first as a scream queen and, for many of us who grew up in the early 2000s, as Lindsay Lohan’s mom in Freaky Friday. But it was for her performance as Deirdre Beaubeirdre, an IRS inspector, in EEAAO that earned her her first Oscar nomination (and win).
After four and a half decades in show business, Curtis still has a few things up her sleeve.
Haunted Mansion (2023)
Curtis plays Madame Leota in Disney’s Haunted Mansion, set to be released on July 28. It’s the second film adaptation of the crowd-favorite Walt Disney theme park attraction, with Curtis joining the likes of LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, and Danny DeVito.
Directed by Justin Simien, the film tells the story of a woman and her son who enlist the help of so-called spiritual experts to help them get rid of their home’s supernatural squatters.
The film is set to premiere on July 28.
In Borderlands, a film adaptation of the video game of the same name produced by Gearbox Software, Curtis is part of another star-studded cast, this time alongside Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Bobby Lee, and Gina Gershon. While video game adaptations are notorious for being bad, The Last of Us and other great video game TV adaptations give us high hopes for this up-and-coming show.
Directed by Eli Roth, the sci-fi action comedy film follows the story of Lilith, an outlaw who returns to her home planet in search of the missing daughter of Atlas, the most powerful man in the universe. To succeed, she forms an unlikely alliance with Roland, a former mercenary; Tiny Tina, a pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg, Tina’s protector; Dr. Tannis, a less-than-sane scientist; and Claptrap, a wisecracking robot.
Reports reveal that the sci-fi action comedy film had actually wrapped filming in 2021, but reshoots were done earlier this year based on test screenings conducted in November. There is currently no set release date for the film.