Ronny Chieng (Asian Comedian Destroys America!, Crazy Rich Asians) has been cast in Blumhouse and Atomic Monster’s tech horror thriller, M3GAN, for Universal.
Akela Cooper (Malignant, The Nun 2, Luke Cage) wrote the script that is based on a story by James Wan, and Gerard Johnstone (Housebound) will direct the film.
In the film, Allison Williams plays Gemma, a brilliant roboticist at a toy company. She uses artificial intelligence to develop M3GAN, a life-like doll programmed to be a kid’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. After unexpectedly gaining custody of her orphaned niece, Gemma enlists the help of the M3GAN prototype – a decision that has unimaginable consequences.
Jason Blum and James Wan are producing the thriller. Michael Clear, of Wan’s Atomic Monster banner, will executive produce with Judson Scott shepherding for the company. Blumhouse’s Ryan Turek will executive produce. Adam Hendricks and Greg Gilreath will executive produce for Divide/Conquer. Mark Katchur and Allison Williams will also serve as executive producers. Blumhouse and Atomic Monster will produce in association with Divide/Conquer.
About Ronny Chieng:
Ronny Chieng is a Chinese stand-up comedian and actor born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and raised in both Manchester, New Hampshire, and Singapore. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in Australia with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce.
Ronny has sold out multiple global stand-up comedy theater tours in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, Canada, and London, including performances at the Just for Laughs Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the SOHO Theatre in London, the Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne Town Hall, the Enmore Theatre in Sydney and the Esplanade concert hall in Singapore.
In 2015, Ronny moved to New York City after being hired as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central. He also lost 11kg, but that was unrelated to comedy, and was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2016. Ronny also co-wrote and starred in his own comedy series Ronny Chieng: International Student, which aired on ABC in Australia, the BBC, Comedy Central Asia, and Comedy Central in the USA. In 2018, he starred in the Warner Bros. smash hit comedy film Crazy Rich Asians based on the best-selling book by Kevin Kwan. In December 2019, Ronny released his Netflix comedy special Asian Comedian Destroys America! and it was recently announced that he inked a deal to produce and create three more comedy specials for the streaming platform. He can currently be seen in Amazon’s film Bliss and will next be seen in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings premiering in September.
Ronny has appeared in GQ and on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Chieng is represented by Artists First, APA, and Sechel.
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