‘Gremlins’ Star Zach Galligan Will Return for Animated Series
Besides the adorable little Gizmo, the key character who appeared in the two original versions Gremlins films was Billy, who received Gizmo as a Christmas present in the first film and then tracked him down to New York in Gremlins 2: the new batch. So it’s only fitting – if a bit surprising – that Zach Galligan, who played Billy in both films, will be return as a recurring guest in the next Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai animated series on HBO Max.
The announcement was made during the show’s Comic-Con panel, where the series revealed several other guest stars: Sandra Oh, Randall Park, George Takei, Bowen Yang. The series’ main voice cast already includes Ming-Na Wen, James Hong, BD Wong, and Izaac Wang.
Here is the anime Gremlins official synopsis of the show:
In Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, we travel to 1920s Shanghai to reveal the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner, Mr. Wing in the 1984 film) met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo embark on a journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering and sometimes battling colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. In their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.
If the show is set in the 1920s, it’s not entirely clear how Zach Galligan’s Billy will be involved; can we assume that these sequences will be supplemented in one way or another by scenes taking place today?
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai will premiere on HBO Max in 2023. The show will also air on Cartoon Network.