Sandra Oh and Awkwafina are joining forces – and no, it’s not hosting next year’s Golden Globes.
The stars of The Killing Eve and The Farewell will play sisters in an upcoming Netflix comedy, written by Jen D’Angelo (Workaholics) and produced by Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum through their label Gloria Sanchez Productions.
The film, which is currently untitled, follows a hermit whose life is turned upside down when her “sister’s train wreck” decides to help her fulfill her lifelong dream of participating in her favorite game show. (I hope it’s Jeopardy! or some of his riffs.)
Writer D’Angelo is also writing the next sequel to Disney +’s Hocus Pocus and has previously written and produced credits for Hulu’s Cougar Town and Hulu’s Solar Opposites.
Oh recently contributed Netflix’s voice to Over the Moon and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and hosted last year’s Golden Globe ceremony alongside Andy Samberg. Awkwafina, meanwhile, was cast in Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon and Shang-Chi and Marvel’s Ten Rings Legend.
Although the two actresses have never worked together before, Awkwafina, by chance, played Oh in a Saturday Night Live skit when she hosted the show in 2018, just months before Oh organized herself. Why Oh wasn’t in Ocean’s 8, we’ll never know what could happen.
Additionally, Awkwafina will play the most successful gambler in history in The Baccarat Machine. The film is inspired by the relevant and true story of Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun and his unlikely collaboration with legendary poker player Phil Ivey.
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The Golden Globe-winning actress and comedian (real name Nora Lum) will star in The Baccarat Machine, EW confirmed. SK Global’s (still working title) film – aka the creative company behind Crazy Rich Asians – which is inspired by the “xtravagant true story of the most successful female gambler in modern times, Cheung Yin ‘Kelly’ Sun, and her powerful partnership with infamous legendary poker player Phil Ivey.”
It was based on Las Vegas insider Michael Kaplan’s article “The Baccarat Machine” published in Cigar Aficionado, the game and revenge drama follows the young Chinese woman “meticulously transforming talent and obsession with reward. developed into beating the system at their own game, “according to a press release. After the big casinos tried to blacklist Sun for gambling, she teamed up with the international “King of Poker” Ivey to destroy the system from within using “subterfuge, ingenuity, and sheer daring, which has resulted in one of most ingenious legal gambling races ever. documented.”
With funding and production from SK Global, Jeffrey Sharp of Sharp Independent Pictures will also produce The Baccarat Machine. Andy Bellin is signing the screenplay, and the producers are currently in-depth conversations with potential directors. Further castings will be announced soon.
Awkwafina is playing in Comedy Central’s Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens, also set for a second season. Most recently on the big screen, she appeared in Jumanji: The Next Level and starred in The Farewell, in which she won her Golden Globe for Best Leading Actress in a Musical or Comedy.