Exclusive: Deadline has learned of Adele Lim’s feature directorial debut joy ride From Lionsgate will have its world premiere at SXSW on Friday, March 17th at 9pm at the Paramount Theater in Austin, TX.
The Point Grey-produced comedy is slated to hit theaters on June 23.
From its producers neighbor and its co-screenwriter Crazy Rich Asian, joy ride Stars Ashley Park, Sherry Kola, Oscar nominee Stephanie Hu and Sabrina Wu. The film is billed as an unnecessarily obvious story centering on the identity and self-discovery of four unlikely friends who embark on a once-in-a-lifetime international adventure. When Audrey (Park) gets sidetracked on a business trip to Asia, she enlists the help of Lolo (Kola), her irreverent, childhood best friend who also happens to be a hot mess; Cat (Hu), his college friend-a Chinese soap star; and Dedei (w), Lolo’s eccentric cousin. Their no-holds-barred, epic experience becomes a journey of bonding, friendship, belonging and wild confusion that reveals the universal truth of what it means to know and love who you are.
joy ride Written by Cheri Chevapravatdumrong and Teresa Hsiao from a story by Chevapravatdumrong, Hsiao and Lim. The film was produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Josh Fagen, Cheri Chevapravatdumrong, Teresa Seo and Adele Lim.
“joy ride A wild romp with a lot of heart – it’s the perfect match for the energy and crowd that makes Southwest South special,” said Lim.
The film also marks the SXSW return of Oscar-nominated Hsu, with a breakthrough performance Everything everywhere at all times A cannon exploded on opening night of last year’s SXSW. Lionsgate also made the world premiere of the Nicolas Cage satire The unbearable weight of great talent Great cheers last year.
“joy ride It’s an absolute blast, with plenty of side-splitting laughs and a genuine warmth at its core,” said Claudette Godfrey, VP of Film & TV at SXSW. “We fell in love with its roller coaster of friendship and self-discovery and know our audience will too.”
“I can’t wait to see the SXSW audience joy ride“said producer Rosen. “It’s funny and original, and it’s always a thrill to return to Austin with a great comedy. It’s the only festival that truly puts comedy films in a place as prominent as other genres, and I’m grateful for that.”