2019 is here and Chinese celebs are making their mark on this year’s list of blockbusters. After watching hours of trailers, reviews, and IMDB pages, here is our staff picks:
1. Zhang Ziyi 章子怡
Release Date: May 31, 2019
A-list actress, Zhang Ziyi, will star as Dr. Chen in the newest movie of the Godzilla franchise. With a resume that includes Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), she is definitely one to watch.
This movie will be an epic ‘face-off’ between Godzilla and iconic super-sized monsters. Earth will be their battleground and humanity is at stake.
Who will save the day?
Apparently, Monarch will. Monarch is a crypto-zoological agency (whatever that means) and the true hero of this movie.
You can expect Zhang Ziyi (as Dr. Chen) to play a key role in the film. Dr. Chen, according to the press conference in 2018 Comic-Con in San Diego, is a scientist at Monarch. We expect her to decipher the mythological backgrounds of these super-sized monsters. And (maybe) the secrets to helping save humanity!
Release Date: April 26, 2019
After Thanos wiped out half of the Marvel Universe in Infinity Wars, you can be sure that the masses are anticipating this sequel. Will Black Panther return? That’s the question on my mind. Similarly, other fans will wait to see if Marvel resurrects their favorite character from the dead.
British Chinese actor, Benedict Wong, will star as the iconic Wong character in the next Avengers.
He is particularly one to watch, as no one knows if he died after Thanos snapped half the world to oblivion.
The movie features a retiring assassin who is being hunted by his younger clone.
Why is this a must-see? It’s directed by Ang Lee and, if that isn’t enough for you, Will Smith is starring in this film as the assassin.
Release Date: August 4, 2019
3. Gemma Chan 陳靜
Release Date: March 8, 2019
Another British-born Chinese, Gemma Chan will star in Captain Marvel as one of its most iconic characters, Minn-Erva.
The new Marvel movie features the story of U.S. Air Force vet, Carol Danvers. In the film, she fights for the fate of the galaxy as a member of the elite Kree military team, Starforce. In the film, Minn-Erva is the blue-skinned, Kree geneticist and villain ‘we all love to hate.’
You can expect to see tons of female power, a power line-up of A-listers (Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Captain Mar-Vell to name a few), and so much action. And for the die-hard fans of S.H.E.I.L.D, this will be a cinematic dream come true.
4. Keanu Reeves 基努·里维斯
Keanu Reeves makes the list with two blockbusters slated for release this year. And yes, for all those who are wondering, Keanu Reeves is Chinese. According to his IMDb page, he is Chinese-Hawaiian, British and Portuguese.
Keanu Reeves in Toy Story 4.
Release Date: June 21, 2019
He is starring in a very **hush-hush** role in the newest Toy Story. It promises to be Keanu Reeves like you’ve never seen him before. Ditching his usual ‘Matrix abilities,’ Tim Allen hints that Keanu Reeves will play the voice of a toy in the movie.
He will also be in great company. The new Toy Story will feature some of our fav celebs including Kristen Schaal as Trixy, Jeff Garlin as Buttercup, Keegan-Michael Key as Ducky, and Jordan Peele as Bunny.
Reeves will also be returning to his role as John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 3.
Release Date: May 17, 2019
In this newest sequel, John Wick must fight to survive after someone takes a $14 million contract on his life.