John Cho Network

John Cho (Star Trek Beyond) has booked a key recurring role on the third season of Hulu’s praised comedy series Difficult People.

Produced by Universal Cable Productions, Difficult People stars Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner as two besties living in New York City whose typical, irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situations. Cho will play Todd in a multi-episode arc. Billy (Eichner) has finally met his romantic match with Todd, his first real boyfriend – an advertising executive who’s as much of a dick as Billy and Julie (Klausner). Billy and Todd connect after neither of them backs down from a prank war, and season 3 follows the pair as Billy has to navigate “couple” things, having only had Julie has a soul mate previously. Also starring are Andrea Martin as Marilyn, James Urbaniak as Arthur, and Cole Escola as Matthew, with Gabourey Sidibe as Denise, Derrick Baskin as Nate and Shakina Nayfack as Lola. [Source]

John Cho and Leslie Mann will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony on February 11 at the Beverly Wilshire. The awards were unveiled last month. A total of 18 awards will be presented with technical achievement or scientific and engineering awards.

As per usual, portions of the Sci-Tech presentation will be included in the Oscar telecast, which is set for February 26 on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. [Source]

Insiders tell Variety the cabler is developing “Connoisseur,” an hourlong drama hailing from Gary Lundy, “Hand of God” creator Ben Watkins and “Star Trek’s” John Cho, who will star in the series.

“Connoisseur” centers around Clay Park (played by Cho), a brilliant con artist who dupes the wealthiest, most powerful people in the country into paying millions for fake wine, but his hustle forces him into a deadly bargain with an organized crime syndicate, puts him in the cross-hairs of the FBI, and unearths the details of a tragedy that fractured his family years ago in Korea.

USA bought a script for the series, which is based on Lundy’s original idea. Lundy, Watkins and Cho will all serve as executive producers with Lundy writing. Watkins will produce by way of his Blue Monday Productions shingle and his producing partner Eli Dansky will serve as a producer. [Source]

ONE of the best loved characters in the Star Trek universe has been revealed to be gay.

Helmsman of the USS Enterprise, Hikaru Sulu, played by John Cho, is shown in Star Trek Beyond as the loving father of a daughter with a same sex partner. And in typical trailblazing Trek fashion — it’s just not a big deal.

Cho visited Sydney to promote the third movie in the franchise successfully rebooted by JJ Abrams in 2009, along with cast mates Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Dr McCoy) and director Justin Lin. He said the decision by writer Simon Pegg and Lin to make Sulu gay was a nod to George Takei, who played the character in the original 1960s series, and was a sign of what he hoped were changing times. [source]

John Cho, Zoe Kravitz and Lola Kirke are set to star in the Los Angeles-based thriller Gemini.

Land Ho! director Aaron Katz will helm the project, which he also wrote. Ricki Lake, Nelson Franklin and Michelle Forbes also have been cast in the film, whose story details are being kept under wraps. 

Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy and Adele Romanski are set to produce, with Rough House Pictures executive producing.

Principal photography is already underway on the project, which is shooting on-location in Los Angeles.

Cho, Kravitz and Kirke are adding Gemini to their already packed schedules. 

Cho will next reprise his role of Sulu in Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond, which is due out next month. Kravitz, who was recently on the big screen in the third installment of the Divergentfranchise, Allegiant, is set to star opposite Kate McKinnon and Scarlett Johansson in the comedy Rock That Body. And Kirke, whose Amazon show Mozart in the Jungle was renewed for a third season by HBO, has been cast in the Tom Cruise-starring CIA thriller Mena. [Source]

Meanwhile, TVLine has exclusively learned that at least one (but likely more) of those Season 5 episodes will feature a guest turn by John Cho. The Selfie and Sleepy Hollow vet will play a guy Jess meets when she excitedly reports for Jury Duty. [source]

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Royal Salute™, one of the most coveted and admired luxury spirit brands in the world, today extended its highest honor – The Mark of Respect Award to actor John Cho for his achievements on and off the big screen. Royal Salute has proudly celebrated men and women around the world for being effective leaders and achievers in the fields of arts and culture, and every year since 2006, the brand has paid tribute to deserving individuals within the Asian-American community for their remarkable work. This year, Royal Salute continued that legacy by announcing the Mark of Respect Award winner, Cho, at the 2014 Unforgettable Awards Gala, one of the premier entertainment events of the year for the Asian-American community.

“Royal Salute is very proud to announce John Cho as this year’s Mark of Respect Award recipient, as he has achieved so much in his career while continuing to lead by example, and inspire others in the Asian community here in the U.S.,” saidWayne Hartunian, Vice President, Scotch & Cognac, Pernod Ricard USA. “We are honored to recognize John at this year’s Unforgettable Awards Gala, as his accomplishments in film and television continue to flourish.”

This year’s Mark of Respect award winner was chosen by an esteemed selection committee, all of whom are also notable leaders in the Asian-American community. [more at source]