Netflix’s upcoming series from A24, Beef, released the first official trailer today and it looks incredible. Starring Ali Wong and Steven Yeun, the series is about two people who are at their wit’s end, and happen to run into each other in a road rage incident. Despite the comedic talents of the two stars, Beef doesn’t look like a light story, though it might be described as a dark comedy.
Yeun is well known for his range, as an actor who can deftly go from zombie action like The Walking Dead, to more dramatic roles like Minari, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. For Wong, who is best known as a wildly successful stand-up comedian, it’s exciting to see her in this kind of role.
The prevailing tone of the trailer is one of frustration and angst, which many audiences, especially Asian American ones, can relate to right now. We’ve all had just about enough in one way or the other, and it’s interesting to see a film that looks to be about unhealthy ways that brewing anger can manifest itself.
It’s also looks like a slick revenge story that should be a fun ride. The chemistry between Yeun and Wong is apparent from just the trailer alone, and between series creator and showrunner Sung Jin Lee and director Jake Schreier, the show has a wealth of creative talent. Lee was a writer on HBO’s Silicon Valley and FX’s Dave, and Schreier, who also worked on Dave, is set to direct Thunderbolts for Marvel Studios (which also stars Steven Yeun). In a recent interview with Empire, Yeun credited the opportunity to work with Schreier as the reason he joined the upcoming Marvel film.
Check out the trailer as well as official stills from the series and head to https://netflix.com/beef for additional details.
Beef premieres April 6, 2023 with 10 episodes at 30 minutes each.
BEEF follows the aftermath of a road rage incident between two strangers. Danny Cho (Steven Yeun), a failing contractor with a chip on his shoulder, goes head-to-head with Amy Lau (Ali Wong), a self-made entrepreneur with a picturesque life. The increasing stakes of their feud unravel their lives and relationships in this darkly comedic and deeply moving series.
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