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Ming-Na Wen is ever-strengthening her family ties to Disney, now aboard the House of Mouse”s upcoming animated series Milo Murphy”s Law.
Wen – known for kicking butt both as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.“s Melinda May and as the voice of Mulan – has joined Milo Murphy”s Law as a recurring cast member. Her character, Savannah, is described as a “high-level time travel agent.” This should be fun.
She joins “Weird Al” Yankovic, who voices the title character.
The series follows 13-year-old Milo Murphy, the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy”s Law namesake. Milo is the personification of Murphy”s Law, where anything that can go wrong will go wrong. But he faces life with endless optimism and enthusiasm that can turn any catastrophe into a wild adventure.
Along with today”s casting news for Wen, Milo Murphy”s Law got a premiere date: Monday, October 3 at 8 p.m. on Disney XD.
The series comes from Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, creators of much-beloved Disney Channel toon Phineas and Ferb, which has also featured Wen”s voice acting.
In the main title sequence for Milo, also revealed today, the onslaught of “what can go wrong,” along with the vocal stylings of Yankovic, looks to promise some wacky entertainment akin to Phineas and Ferb.
• Kubo still on the quest for box office glory: Stop-motion film Kubo and the Two Strings completed its opening weekend with $12.6 million in U.S. theaters. Slightly higher than many box office experts” predictions, it”s still the lowest opening for Laika (Kubo is the fourth feature from the Oregon-based animation studio). But the “A” Cinemascore score from audiences and widespread love from critics (it”s at 96% on Rotten Tomatoes) may propel Kubo into word-of-mouth success. Meanwhile, a couple days before Kubo“s August 19 debut, Disney-Pixar behemoth Finding Dory cleared the $900 million mark at the worldwide box office.