The full trailer for Always Be My Maybe, the rom-com that the internet practically willed into existence, is finally here. Comedian Ali Wong plays Sasha Tran, a celebrity chef who heads back to her hometown of San Francisco to open a new restaurant and quickly rekindles a relationship with childhood friend Marcus, played by Randall Park. Two real-life friends from way back, Park and Wong wrote the script together. Daniel Dae Kim plays Sasha’s fiancée, and John Wick himself, Keanu Reeves, is the guy she rebounds with. The trailer ends with Sasha and her new boyfriend talking dirty to each other as Marcus looks on in horror.
Wong recently told Vanity Fair that she chose to play a chef because she saw parallels between the food scene and the comedy world. “The restaurant industry, like comedy, is a very male-dominated profession,” Wong remarked. “The hours are at night. You’re always working on weekends, so you can never go to, like, baby showers or weddings. And in terms of voice, her job as a chef is so much about constantly innovating and having a unique point of view. But at the same time, none of that matters if the food doesn’t taste good. And none of that matters if the jokes aren’t funny.” Wong says she based her character on Niki Nakayama, the Los Angeles-based kaiseki superstar who was featured on the first season of Chef’s Table.
Always Be My Maybe hits Netflix on May 31, and it will also be available in select theaters across the country that weekend. The movie is directed by Nahnatchka Khan, who worked with Wong and Park on the sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. Watch the trailer above and stay tuned for more details on the release of the film in the coming weeks.
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