Lana Condor To Star In Indie Romcom ‘Worth The Wait’

Lana Condor (To All The Boys franchise) is set to star in Worth The Wait, an indie romantic comedy that will mark the U.S. directorial debut of award-winning Taiwanese filmmaker Tom Shu-Yu Lin (The Garden of Evening Mists).

Other actors in the all-Asian cast include Andrew Koji (Bullet Train), Ross Butler (Shazam!), Sung Kang (Fast & Furious franchise), and Elodie Yung (The Cleaning Lady).

Maggie Hartmans has written the script, which is set against the intercontinental backdrops of Seattle and Kuala Lumpur, and follows a year in the interconnected lives and romances of the people that reside there. Sources say the film is in the vein of Love Actually.

Lin said in a statement: “After 15 years of directing in Asia, I’m thrilled to make my first U.S. film with such incredibly talented actors and accomplished fellow filmmakers. Growing up in both the U.S. and Taiwan, the American side of my upbringing has always been a huge part of who I am, and I am so excited to finally be able to showcase that with Worth The Wait.”

Dan Mark and Rachel Tan for King Street Pictures, one of a number of production companies involved in the film, added: “We’ve always loved ensemble romantic comedies like Love Actually and are so excited to be able to share our own take on the genre with an all-Asian cast and a script inspired by our own love story, our family, and different stages of our lives.

Having produced Asian American films since 2015, we feel honored for our labor of love to be a part of this incredible moment that Asian Americans are having in cinema right now.”

In the U.S., the Asian population is the fastest growing ethnic group. The success of films like Everything Everywhere All At Once, Marvel’s Shang-Chi, Always Be My Maybe, and Condor’s own To All The Boys franchise, there’s clearly a wide audience for diverse stories like Worth The Wait.

Condor has a number of other projects lined up. She’s voicing the lead in DreamWorks’ upcoming animated film Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken, which arrives later this month, and will then be seen in action thriller Ballerina Overdrive – not to be confused with the John Wick spinoff simply titled Ballerina – as well as thriller Valiant One.


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