Randall Park‘s feature directorial debut Shortcomings has set its cast with Justin H. Min (Umbrella Academy, After Yang), Sherry Cola (Good Trouble) and Ally Maki (Hit Monkey, Toy Story 4) as well as Sonoya Mizuno (House of The Dragon), Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: No Way Home”), Timothy Simons (Veep), Tavi Gevinson (Gossip Girl), and Debby Ryan (The Suite Life on Deck, Insatiable).
Based on the graphic novel by Adrian Tomine (who also adapted the screenplay), Variety reports that the comedy is ab “irreverent examination of racial politics, sexual mores and pop culture”. The film follows cynical movie theater manager Ben (Min) and his irrepressible best friend Alice (Cola). Together, the Bay Area urbanites navigate Ben’s disintegrating relationship with his girlfriend Miko (Maki), Alice’s serial-dating habits and other obstacles in the way of their personal growth.
Topic Studios and Tango Entertainment are financing the movie, which recently wrapped production. Picture Films, Roadside Attractions and Imminent Collision produced Shortcomings.
On the TV side, Park stretched his directing muscles with the series finale of the groundbreaking ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. He can be seen next in the upcoming Netflix workplace comedy Blockbuster. He also has one foot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Jimmy Woo in WandaVision and Ant-man and the Wasp and another as Dr. Stephen Shin in the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Shortcomings will be executive produced by Adrian Tomine, Ryan Heller, Michael Bloom, Jennifer Semler and Maria Zuckerman of Topic Studios. Tim Headington, Lia Buman, Max Silva and Neil Shah are executive producing for Tango Entertainment. Roadside’s Ryan Paine also serves as executive producer. Producers include Margot Hand for Picture Films; Howard Cohen, Eric d’Arbeloff, Jennifer Berman for Roadside Attractions; and Hieu Ho, Michael Golamco, and Park for Imminent Collision.