Jack Black Channels Inner Warrior at Kung Fu Panda 4 World Premiere

John Nguyen

Kung Fu Panda 4 held its world premiere on March 3rd at The Grove in Los Angeles, and the cast and crew were out in full force including Jack Black, Awkwafina, James Hong, Bryan Cranston, Ke Huy Quan, Ronny Chieng, and more.

Jack Black voices Po, the panda warrior who now has a new duty to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace. Sabeen Faheem and I attended the world premiere and just had to ask the actor to perform his best warrior stance. You can check out the video below of the cast and crew on the black and white carpet.


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“You know, that’s a tough one,” co-director Stephanie Ma Stine replied to whether she would want to be lost in the spirit realm with Mr. Ping or Zhen. “It’s a close call. I think I’ll have to go with Mr. Ping though because I know that he would feed me really well. And I love food.”

About Kung Fu Panda 4

Synopsis: After three death-defying adventures defeating world-class villains with his unmatched courage and mad martial arts skills, Po, the Dragon Warrior (Jack Black), is called upon by destiny to … give it a rest already. More specifically, he’s tapped to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace.

That poses a couple of obvious problems. First, Po knows as much about spiritual leadership as he does about the paleo diet, and second, he needs to quickly find and train a new Dragon Warrior before he can assume his new lofty position.

Even worse, there’s been a recent sighting of a wicked, powerful sorceress, Chameleon (Viola Davis), a tiny lizard who can shapeshift into any creature, large or small. And Chameleon has her greedy, beady little eyes on Po’s Staff of Wisdom, which would give her the power to re-summon all the master villains whom Po has vanquished to the spirit realm.

So, Po’s going to need some help. He finds it (kinda?) in the form of crafty, quick-witted thief Zhen (Awkwafina), a corsac fox who really gets under Po’s fur but whose skills will prove invaluable. In their quest to protect the Valley of Peace from Chameleon’s reptilian claws, this comedic odd-couple duo will have to work together. In the process, Po will discover that heroes can be found in the most unexpected places.

Reprising their roles are Dustin Hoffman as Kung Fu master, Shifu; James Hong (Everything Everywhere All at Once) as Po’s adoptive father, Mr. Ping; Bryan Cranston as Po’s birth father, Li, and Ian McShane as Tai Lung, Shifu’s former student and arch-nemesis. Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once) joins the cast as a new character, Han, the leader of the Den of Thieves.

Kung Fu Panda 4 is directed by Mike Mitchell (DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, Shrek Forever After) and produced by Rebecca Huntley (DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys). The film’s co-director is Stephanie Ma Stine (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power).

Kung Fu Panda 4 will be released in theaters on March 8, 2024.