Michelle Yeoh has addressed the possibility of a sequel to Everything Everywhere All At Once.
The Daniels’ sci-fi epic, released in 2022, follows a Chinese immigrant (Yeoh) as she connects with parallel universe versions of herself to save the multiverse.
While it wasn’t necessarily marketed as an LGBTQ+ film, Everything Everywhere All At Once is a love story between a mother and her queer daughter (Stephanie Hsu), as well as an exploration of existentialism, nihilism and Asian-American identity with fanny pack brawls, hot dog fingers and googly-eyed rocks.
The film was met with universal critical acclaim, winning seven Academy Awards including the coveted Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director (the Daniels), Best Actress (Yeoh), Best Actor (Ke Huy Quan), Best Supporting Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Best Film Editing.
Everything Everywhere All At Once is also estimated to be the most awarded film of all time, with 264 wins from 404 nominations.
As a result of the film’s unprecedented commercial and critical success, fans have called for a sequel to be made. In an interview with Variety at the Cannes Film Festival, however, Yeoh shut down speculation.
The star, who became the first Asian to win the Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as the first Malaysian to win an Academy Award, said: “There’s no sequel. We would just be doing the same thing.”
Yeoh revealed that, since the release of the film, she’s been offered a more diverse range of roles than ever before.
“The best thing that has happened is I receive a script that doesn’t describe the character as a Chinese or Asian-looking person,” she revealed. “We are actors. We are supposed to act. We are supposed to step into roles that are given to us and do our job as best we can. That, for me, is the biggest step forward.”
Yeoh has various movies in the works, such as Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (9 June) and A Haunting in Venice (15 September). She will also star as Madame Morrible in both Wicked films, as well as Dr Karina Mogue in Avatar 3 and 4.
This week (24 May) sees the release of her new Disney Plus action comedy series American Born Chinese, in which she reunites with her Everything Everywhere All At Once co-stars Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu.
You can watch the trailer here or below.