Eddie Huang is adding something new to his ever-growing resume: director.
The author, chef, restaurateur, food personality and producer whose autobiography Fresh off the Boat inspired the hit ABC sitcom of the same name, is making his directorial debut with the feature film Boogie, which tells the fictional story of Alfred “Boogie” Chin (played by Taylor Takahashi), a Chinese-American basketball phenom from Queens, New York who dreams of playing in the NBA, while dealing with his parents’ pressure to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college. The film tracks Boogie as navigates a new girlfriend (played by Taylour Paige), high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation.
“No one believes in an Asian basketball player,” Boogie can be heard saying in the film’s official trailer.
The coming-of-age film also stars Pop Smoke who plays Boogie’s rival, Monk, and features unreleased music from the late Brooklyn rapper (born Bashar Jackson), who was killed in a home-invasion robbery in February 2020 at the age of 20.
Boogie is expected to hit theatres on March 5, 2021.