We’ll never say no to a new Gemma Chan project. Especially when she’s not only going to be one of the stars of it but one of the executive producers as well!
The Hollywood Reporter reported Thursday that Chan will be in Netflix’s limited series The Moon Represents My Heart. It will be produced as part of Netflix’s partnership with Shawn Levy and 21 Laps, who are also the producers of Stranger Things. The show will be based on the forthcoming novel of the same name penned by Thai-Chinese writer Pim Wangtechawat, set for publication in the United Kingdom next year. The book will be Wangtechawat’s debut novel.
According to the author’s website, The Moon Represents My Heart is inspired by Wangtechawat’s own Chinese heritage. It tells the story of “generations of a British-Chinese family of time travelers,” making it a great fit for Chan — who is British-Chinese herself.
Furthermore, the website describes the novel as “a story about relationships between parent and child, whether one can accept the choices of the other, and whether they would make the same decision again.”
Released in theaters late last year, the movie Everything Everywhere All At Once utilized the exhilarating thrills of interdimensional travel to tell a touchingly complicated story about Chinese Americans. So it’s exciting to hear The Moon Represents My Heart will be another project moving forward that will tell a heartfelt narrative about an Asian family with the adventurous flair of science fiction.
While Chan’s breakout role came in the groundbreaking drama Crazy Rich Asians, where she played the fashionable and amiable Astrid Leong, she has proven she does well in science fiction roles. After all, she is one of just several actors who have had the pleasure of portraying two different, unrelated characters in the Marvel universe.
First, we saw Chan in the MCU as the tough, no-nonsense Kree sniper Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel, acting as an antagonist to Carol Danvers. Most recently, she helped usher in a new era in Marvel as the kind and empathetic superhero Sersi in Eternals, leading the group’s fight to save humanity. So we have no doubt she’ll do just as well and be incredibly compelling in a narrative centered around time travel.
No word has been reported on when the series is expected to stream, so how long we’ll have to wait to see Chan take on time travel remains to be known. Until then, she can currently be seen in the period drama Mr. Malcolm’s List, in theaters now, and Don’t Worry Darling, which premieres on September 23.