Michelle Yeoh condemns Disney's decision to fire James Gunn after his almost decade-old offensive tweets were unearthed. The move put Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3's production on indefinite hold, and might even affect the narrative of Avengers 4 with regard to the cosmic heroes. Yeoh briefly appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Aleta Ogord (a Guardian of the Galaxy in the comic books), and although it isn't confirmed, rumor has it that she, alongside other high profile Ravagers, are being set up to take part in the threequel.
Yeoh is still basking in the success of director Jon M. Chu's Crazy Rich Asians. which claimed the box office top spot for the third consecutive week. The first Hollywood blockbuster with a fully Asian cast since 2005's Memoirs of a Geisha, the romantic comedy has also been a hit with critics. The Malaysian Chinese actress plays Eleanor Young in the story, and with a sequel already set to go at Warner Bros., fans can likely expect Yeoh to reprise her role in China Rich Girlfriend.
However, on a more serious note, Yeoh recently talked about Gunn's sudden firing, calling Disney's move "so unnecessary" during an interview with Yahoo! Movies UK. The actress also asked others to show the troubled filmmaker support.
“You’re talking about things that he said in the archives. If he had said it yesterday, or today, or something like this then you can make a big fuss but why dig up something now? I don’t understand at all. It’s so unnecessary, what good does it do? Let’s support James Gunn. he’s such an amazing, incredible filmmaker and human being. We will fight on. You can’t keep a good guy down, that’s what I believe.”
Yeoh is the latest actor Gunn worked with on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to voice support for the director following his firing. Kurt Russell and David Hasselhoff separately made it known that they're backing the embattled filmmaker. The main cast of Guardians of the Galaxy also released an official statement standing by their director, and asking Disney to reinstate him as the helmer of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Aside from them, there's been an outpouring of support for Gunn from his other peers in the industry, as well as from the countless fans who signed an online petition encouraging his rehiring.
Sadly, Gunn returning to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 seems to be all-but impossible now. For a time, many were hoping that Disney would reverse their decision, especially with reports that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was championing Gunn's cause. However, the latest on the matter says that the House of Mouse is standing by their choice. Regardless of whether Gunn returns to helm an MCU film in the future, it doesn't look like he's going to have a hard time landing a new gig, with several other studios reportedly interested in hiring him.
Source: Yahoo! Movies UK
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