The lack of Asian representation in mainstream entertainment is a topic which I have discussed in several of my posts to date. Unfortunately, Asian characters are often limited to one-dimensional stereotypical roles and, in some cases, parts written specifically for Asians are allotted to white actors.
While there have been some wonderful recent attempts to rectify this imbalance – ABC’s comedy series “Fresh Off the Boat,” Disney Channel’s kids’ show “Andi Mack”, Kogonada’s feature drama “Columbus” – to name but a few – there is still a lot of room for improvement.
Therefore, it is always great to hear that there is a new Asian-driven project in the works, especially when it features some of the most talented American-Asian comedians working at the moment – “Fresh Off the Boat’s” Randall Park and “American Housewife’s” Ali Wong.
The two actors who collaborated on “Fresh Off the Boat” had previously mentioned that they would love to create a feature film together. Wong hinted about a possible co-project in a 2016 interview, but nothing had been officially announced until earlier this month when “Deadline” reported that the two actors will star in a romantic comedy which they have co-written with Michael Golmaco. The film, produced by Netflix, will tell the story of a pair of childhood friends who meet again as adults and fall in love, despite finding themselves in “vastly different socioeconomic situations.”
Needless to say, we are really excited to find out more about the still untitled comedy! Back in 2016, Wong referred to the project as their “version of “When Harry Met Sally,” which sounds brilliant, especially when combined with the two actors’ talent for comedy and on-screen charisma.