Daniel Dae Kim and Randall Park are partnering up for an untitled Asian American-led heist film for Amazon Studios.
According to Deadline, the movie, which will be penned by screenwriter Young Il Kim, will be loosely focused on a reunion of high school friends who come together in a nod to the classic, fun ensemble heist films. It will be led by Park and Kim who will assemble an ensemble made up of primarily Asian American actors.
“We can’t wait to join with Young to tell this special story of friendship, pride and community,” the Always Be My Maybe co-stars, said in a joint statement to the outlet.
“We love heist movies,” Kim continued. “We want to be inclusive and we feel like there’s a story here to be told. It’s super exciting… Randall and I have wanted to do something together for a while. This is just a great reason to bring together talented actors who have been friends for a really long time and really have fun on a project that, with any luck, will be able to make an impact.”
He added, “I think it has nods to Ocean’s 11, The Full Monty as well as Better Luck Tomorrow. It’s a story that kind of highlights community, friendship, unity in a very familiar genre that people I think will enjoy.”
Kim also noted that the bidding war for the project was encouraging, proving that on-screen representation is here to stay.
“There is an appetite to see this kind of movie with an Asian-American cast, and that is a really promising sign of the times.”
And, indeed, there already seems to be great interest in the unnamed flick, with fans taking to Twitter to express their excitement.
“Randall Park and Daniel Dae Kim are doing a heist movie together? What did I do to deserve this? This is blessed!!!” tweeted one user.
“Anything with daniel dae kim and randall park’s fine asses in it I will see!!” tweeted another.
The news of this heist film comes shortly after news broke that Kim will produce and star in A Sweet Mess: a rom-com centered on Asian American characters based on the novel of the same name by Jayci Lee.