Everything Everywhere All at Once star Ke Huy Quan reveals that he is open to returning as Indiana Jones’ Short Round in a spinoff series.
Everything Everywhere All at Once star Ke Huy Quan is open to an Indiana Jones spinoff series.
Quan appeared on Josh Horowitz’s “Happy Sad Confused” podcast and revealed his interest in a Short Round spinoff. In 1984, the Vietnam-born actor made his film debut in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom at 12 years old opposite Harrison Ford as Short Round, Indy’s comedic sidekick. “If Disney or Lucasfilm ever come to me and say, ‘We want to do a Short Round spinoff’, I’m there, man!” Quan said. “I love that character so much, and it would just be incredible to revisit so many years later. “
When asked what Short Round would be up to 38 years following the events of the Indiana Jones prequel, Quan remarked how he “wouldn’t be surprised if he was an archeologist.” At Disney’s 2022 D23 Expo, Quan shared an emotional reunion with Ford, who he had not seen in almost 40 years. Quan attended the event to announce his role in Season 2 of Disney+’s Loki. At the same time, Ford joined the festivities to promote Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, the fifth film in the action-adventure franchise.
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The Temple of Doom star has also admitted to still being on director Steven Spielberg’s Christmas list. “Every time I needed help, he’s always there,” Quan said. At the time of Short Round’s casting search, Spielberg first saw Quan’s brother audition for the role but expressed interest in his sibling instead. A year later, Quan gained further prominence for playing Richard “Data” Wang in The Goonies.
Following Quan’s fame throughout the 1980s, he struggled to find acting work as an adult. Inspired by the success of Crazy Rich Asians, Quan reentered the industry with Daniels’ 2022 film, Everything Everywhere All at Once. In the movie, he stars alongside veteran actors like Michelle Yeoh, James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis. The film follows Chinese-American immigrant Evelyn Quan Wang (Yeoh), who must prevent the destruction of the multiverse.
In addition to A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once, Quan stars opposite Yeoh in the upcoming Disney+ series American Born Chinese. Based on Gene Luen Yang’s 2006 graphic novel with the same title, American Born Chinese primarily incorporates mythological elements and classic fairytales like The Little Mermaid. The Memoirs of a Geisha actor plays Guanyin, a goddess associated with compassion, with Chinese film actor Daniel Wu as The Monkey King.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny arrives in theaters on June 30, 2023. Loki Season 2 is set for a Summer 2023 premiere. There is no set release date for American Born Chinese.
Source: Happy Sad Confused, via Variety