The trailer and key art for the new Disney+ Original Film Chang Can Dunk has just been revealed. Written and directed by Jingyi Shao, the coming-of-age sports comedy stars Bloom Li as Chang, a 16-year-old Asian American kid in the marching band who bets the school basketball star that he could dunk a basketball by Homecoming.
The 5’8″ kid hopes to change his social status by dunking in front of his peers and his friend and longtime crush, Kristy. With the help of a local dunking legend, he works hard to meet his goals — while also reexamining himself, his friends, and family along the way.
The film stars Dexter Darden, Ben Wang, Zoe Renee, Chase Liefeld, and Mardy Ma. The film’s producers are Rishi Rajani, Lena Waithe, and Brad Weston, with Pamela Thur serving as executive producer.
“This movie is my love letter to basketball and about how it helped me better understand family, friendship, and the Asian American/immigrant experience, about growing up and taking responsibility even when the odds are against you, and about learning to believe in yourself and break through not only the barriers set by others but more importantly, the barriers set by YOURSELF,” said Shao in a press release.
“We’re so proud of this film,” said producers Rajani and Waithe. “Jingyi and the entire cast and crew have poured their hearts into telling a brilliant, nuanced coming-of-age story that we believe everyone will be able to relate to. Growing up, we all had our version of a ‘dunk’ — a dream, some lofty goal — that we thought would change our lives for the better. Chang Can Dunk is about the pursuit of that dream, the desire to be seen, and the lessons we learn along the way. It’s inspiring, empowering, and full of humor and heart. We can’t wait for audiences to see it!”
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Chang Can Dunk premieres March 10 on Disney+.