The Tiger's Apprentice Rounds Out a Stellar Cast

September 24 2020

Former Pixar animator Carlos Baena is making his feature directing debut with the Paramount Animation adaptation of the children's book by Laurence Yep.

Written by Borys Kit

Sandra Oh, coming off an Emmy nomination for her work in Killing Eve, and international star Michelle Yeoh have joined the voice cast of The Tiger's Apprentice, the adaptation of the best-selling children's book from Paramount Animation.

Brandon Soo Hoo (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live), Sherry Cola (Good Trouble, Claws), and Kheng Hua Tan (Magnum P.I.) have also joined the voice cast.

Henry Golding, the Crazy Rich Asian breakout who stars in Snake Eyes, is already cast in the feature project that sees Carlos Baena, a Pixar animator who worked on Wall-E and Toy Story 3, making his feature directing debut.

The book, written by Lawrence Yep and published by HarperCollins in 2003, told of a boy in San Francisco who meets a shape-shifting talking tiger named Mr. Hu and under his tutelage and protection is introduced into a magical world that includes an ancient phoenix, a dragon and a clan of evil-doers.

Oh will play Mistral, a friend of the tiger (Golding) who is an exiled dragon now living in San Francisco. Yeoh's character is unclear.

Davig Magee (Life of Pi), Harry Cripps and Kyle Jarrow worked on the script, which adapts the first book. Tiger's Blood and Tiger Magic were the other titles in the trilogy that was steeped in the mythology of the Chinese Zodiac.

Paramount has set a Feb. 10, 2023, release date for the feature. Jane Startz and Sandra Rabins are producing, with Raman Hui and Kane Lee. Alex Loots is co-producing.

Oh was nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her work in AMC’s Killing Eve, the third time she has been nominated for the role. The actress has done voice work on shows such as American Dad! and more recently She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. She will also voice a role in Invincible, the upcoming Amazon animated series based on the Robert Kirkman comic book.

Yeoh recently starred in Star Trek: Discovery and worked with Golding in the 2019 romantic comedy, Last Christmas. She will appear in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and is currently filming James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. She previously voiced a character in Kung Fu Panda 2.

Oh is repped by UTA, Principal Entertainment, and Hansen Jacobson while Yeoh is repped by Artists International Group.