About the movie: Adele Lim, the “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Raya and the Last Dragon” writer, is directing a comedic film in collaboration with Lionsgate and Point Grey Pictures, according to Variety.
- The R-rated movie will star Tony and Grammy-nominated actress Park, known for “Emily in Paris” and “Girls 5Eva.” Shooting will begin in the fall.
- The plot follows four Asian American women traveling through Asia to look for one of their biological mothers through a journey of “bonding, friendship, belonging, and no-holds-barred wild debauchery that reveals the universal truth of what it means to know and love who you are.”
- “Awkwafina is Nora From Queens” writer Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and co-creator Teresa Hsiao will be writing the script alongside Lim.
- The trio will be producing with Point Grey’s Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver and Josh Fagen. Lionsgate’s Meredith Wieck and Chisom Ude will oversee the project.
Telling the story: Lim stated that she is “thrilled” to be making her directing debut in a film that is “so special” to her. She announced her debut on Twitter and on Instagram, saying she’s going to “platform so much AAPI magic.”
- The journey began with Lim, Chevapravatdumrong and Hsiao “wanting to tell a story with characters who look like us, about women who are messy and thirsty, but have so much heart.”
- “Adele is a singular talent, and alongside writers Cherry and Teresa, she will bring the world a film that has unbelievably memorable comedy, lush cinema, and a sneaky emotional punch. And we’re thrilled to have Ashley, who is poised for stardom, aboard as the first of our four friends,” said Lionsgate President Erin Westerman.
- Chevapravatdumrong and Hsiao added that they wrote a movie they “wanted to see growing up- featuring strong, smart, funny, and yes, raunchy women.”
Background info: The Malaysian-born screenwriter has written for and produced several popular titles including “One Tree Hill,” “Private Practice,” “Reign,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Dynasty,” “Life on Mars” and “Missing.”
- Lim has been nominated for the Humanitas Prize, Image Awards (NAACP) and the Legionnaires of Laughter Legacy Awards for her work on “Crazy Rich Asians.” She was also a Writers Guild of America nominee for “Life on Mars,” according to IMDb.
- Park has starred on the Broadway stage for productions such as “Mean Girls,” “The King and I” and “Mamma Mia,” according to Harper’s Baazar.
- She was nominated for a Tony award for her role in “Mean Girls” as Gretchen Wieners in addition to Drama League, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Chita Rivera Awards nominations.
- Park was also a nominee for the Critics Choice Awards and MTV Movie & TV Awards for her role as Mindy on “Emily in Paris.”