Production Has Wrapped On Upcoming Disney+ Feature ‘Chang Can Dunk’
We’ve got some exciting news about an upcoming Disney+ project. According to Disney, production has wrapped on Chang Can Dunk an original live-action film that is slated to be released on Disney+ in 2023.
Though little has been revealed about the film, we do know that it will follow Chang, a 16-year old, Asian American high school student in the marching band who bets the school basketball star that he can dunk by Homecoming. The bet leads Chang (who is only 5’8″) on a quest to find what he needs to do to dunk like the best of them in order to impress his crush Kristy and gain the respect of his high school peers.
However, before Chang can throw one down, he must first examine everything he knows about himself, friendships and family.
Bloom Li (My Dead Ex, Into the Dark) is playing the title character Chang. With life imitating art, Li was encouraged to audition for the role by a friend. He submitted a self-tape before eventually finding himself in the lead role.
Other casting includes Ben Wang (“Good Egg,” upcoming “Sight”) play’s Bo, Chang’s best friend. Wang was recently seen in Disney’s Launchpad short “Dinner Is Served” on Disney+. Dexter Darden (“Son of the South,” “Saved by the Bell”), a former pro basketball player and two-time Estonia League MVP, plays Deandre. Chase Liefeld (“Sunnyside Up,” upcoming “Honor Student”) plays Matt, the school’s star athlete. Zoe Renee (“Jinn,” “The Quad”) plays Kristy.
Jingyi Shao is making his feature film debut as both direct and writer from a script that he wrote which placed second in last year’s Blacklist.
The film is being produced by Brad Weston, Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani with Pamela Thur executive producing.
Disney tells us that Connor Barth, one of THE experts when it comes to dunking was brought in to help the actors train and to teach them about dunk culture!
We can’t wait to find out more about this awesome project which is slated to debut on Disney+ in 2023. Readers are encouraged to keep following along with MickeyBlog for further Disney+ news and updates!
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