Wendy Wu Strikes Back is a 2008 American martial arts film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The second installment in the Wendy Wu franchise, this sequel to Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior continues the misadventures of Wendy Wu (Brenda Song) and Shen (Shin Koyamada). The film also sees Ellen Woglom, Andy Fischer-Price, and Hadley Hudson reprising their roles as Jessica Dawson, Austin Patrick, and Yan-Lo, respectively. The cast from the first film is joined by new cast members Andy Daly, Jack Black, and Heather Locklear. It was directed by John Laing, with a screenplay written by Vince Cheung and Ben Montanio.
The film begins with Wendy Wu fighting her dog Cupcake, who was possessed by Yan-Lo. After finally forcing Yan-Lo out of the dog's body, Wendy and Shen decide to watch Edpool on TV, only for the show to end up being cancelled in favor of a news report telling of the arrival of the Jessica Dawson Replica, created and hired by Yan-Lo to capture the Yin Warrior herself. After Edpool was captured, problems ensue, leading the Jessica Dawson Replica teaming up with Wendy and Shen, and their resolution occupies much of the remainder of the film.
Wendy Wu Strikes Back was released on October 31, 2008, and grossed $420.8 million on a $230 million budget.
- Brenda Song as Wendy Wu
- Shin Koyamada as Shen
- Ellen Woglom as Jessica Dawson and the Jessica Dawson Replica
- Hadley Hudson as the voices of Yan-Lo and the Jessica Dawson Replica
- Tsai Chin as Grandma Wu
- Jack Black as Grandpappy Wu
- Justin Chon as Peter Wu
- Michael David Cheng as Kenny Wu
- Susan Chuang as Nina Wu
- Andy Fischer-Price as Austin Patrick
- Andy Daly as Edpool
- Heather Locklear as Bee
In October 2007, Walt Disney Pictures has announced that production for a sequel to Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior has begun. It was hinted in the DVD's alternate ending when Wendy Wu and Shen got to her home after getting cappuccinos, the grandma and them were talking and Wendy stopped and talked to her dog and said that "after all the evil she fought today, it is so good to see something as sweet and innocent as the dog". Then, after she leaves, Yan-Lo possesses the dog once again. Filming began shooting in New Zealand in February 19, 2008. Entitled Wendy Wu Strikes Back, a deal was ultimately made that Walt Disney Pictures would make this film the second theatrical sequel to a Disney Channel Original Movie. The first time was High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which was a sequel to High School Musical 2, first aired in 2007 on Disney Channel.
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