Chloe Bennet and Ronny Chieng have joined the cast of the “Interior Chinatown” series currently in production.
The pair previously announced Jimmy O’Young as the lead in the series. Ordered by Hulu in early October, the streamer also announced that Taika Waititi has joined the project to direct the pilot and executive produce.
“Interior Chinatown” is based on the book of the same name by Charles Yu. According to the official synopsis, the show “follows the story of Willis Wu (Yang), a background character caught up in a police procedural trying to break into the larger story — and discovers the strange world he inhabits and its secrets along the way.” Buried family history.
Bennett will play opposite Lana Lee. Her official character says, “Detective Lana Lee is a new lead who debuted on the procedural police show ‘Black and White.’ Lana brings new energy to the series’ reliable but overworked premise. Impressive performance and an air of mystery, Lana represents everything Willis has ever imagined: success, a potential love interest, and a major role in the story. Self-aware, intriguing, and enigmatic, Lana has a way of gliding between worlds with ease—but this ability comes with its own complex reality. When Lana enlists Willis’ help with a big case, the two form an unlikely partnership.
Bennett is best known for her role in the ABC-Marvel series “Agents of SHIELD,” in which she starred as Daisy “Sky” Johnson, aka Quake, during the show’s seven-season run. Her other notable roles include the ABC musical drama “Nashville” and the animated DreamWorks film “Disgusting.” She bowed out of her “Abominable” role in the upcoming spinoff series “Ugly and Invisible City” in October. Difference Bennett will be appearing in the third season of the hit FXX series “Dave,” reports exclusively.
She is supported by CAA and Hanson Jacobson.
Ching appears in Fatty Choi, Willis’ best friend. Fatty’s “interests include video games and malt beverages,” the character statement says. “Unlike Willis, Fatty is more comfortable with who he is and is content with his life working at the restaurant, drinking, entertaining and being a fan in the story.”
Ching is an accomplished comedian, whose latest special debuted on Netflix in April. He is currently a Senior Correspondent on “The Daily Show”. As an actor, Chieng is known for appearing and starring in the ABC Australia sitcom “Ronny Chieng: International Student” as well as shows such as “Doogie Kameāloha, MD” and “Young Rock”. In movies, he appeared in the blockbusters “Crazy Rich Asians” as well as “Godzilla vs. Kong” and Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” among others.
He is repped by Artists First, APA & Sechel PR and Cohen Gardner.
Yu is adapting the book for the screen and is serving as an executive producer and showrunner on the series. Dan Lin, Lindsey Liberatore and Elsie Choi executive produce through Rideback. Along with Waititi, Garrett Bash is producing via Dive, while Jeff Skoll and Miura Keith are also executive producing. The 20th is a television studio.