John Cho Network

Comic-Con is hitting the East Coast for its annual pop culture convention at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan this October. To keep you updated on the happenings this year, Variety is compiling a master list of screenings and panels for the Oct. 5-Oct. 8 event. Bookmark this page to stay up to date on the schedule, as we will continue to update when networks and studios release their schedules for the event.

SUNDAY, OCT. 8

The Exorcist (4-5 p.m., Room 1A10, 20th Century Fox) Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrera, and Kurt Egyiawan will be joined by new cast members John Cho and Zuleikha Robinson, along with creator and executive producer Jeremy Slater and showrunner Sean Crouch to show an extended scene from the third episode and share some behind-the-scenes details from the second season of this horror drama. [Source]

If you were online last summer during the peak of a particular social media movement, you may have seen John Cho fantasy-cast as James Bond, Ethan Hunt, Steve Rogers, and even “Magic” Mike Lane. The #StarringJohnCho campaign made (and continues to make) a statement about representation by imagining a universe where Asian-American actors get the iconic roles almost always played by white men. But Cho’s actual latest role isn’t an internationally-renowned spy or an all-American superhero, as in the whisper-soft indie drama Columbus, the actor plays Jin, the son of a dying man. In talking about representation, conversations tend to revolves around blockbusters, but smaller-scale films like Cho’s Columbus help move the needle forward, too.

“This movie in particular, I will say, was unusual because it didn’t explicitly push against any stereotype,” Cho says, speaking over the phone in late July. “It was true freedom because it was confident to do its own thing. It didn’t repudiate any stereotypes, it just existed outside of that pool, and that to me is where we want to go.” [More at Source]

The Exorcist has taken possession of John Cho, tapping the Sleepy Hollow vet to join the series’ second season as a regular.
As TVLine previously reported, the thriller is overhauling its cast in Season 2 as the priestly trio of Alfonso Herrera, Kurt Egyiawan and Ben Daniels (aka the only series regulars returning) preside over a new possession case.

 

According to Fox, Herrera’s Father Ortega and Daniels’ newly collarless Marcus Keane find themselves out of Chicago and on the road, searching out evil. Ultimately, the two men are led to Cho’s Andrew Kim, a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle. When one of the children under Andrew’s care is targeted by a powerful force, the two priests head west, setting themselves on a collision course with Hell. [Source]

The Academy announced on Wednesday that it’s inviting 774 new members — a record-breaking number.

It marks the second year in a row that the institution has broken its own record; last year, it set a new high-water mark by inviting 683 new membersAdditionally, people of color make up 30% of the new class — a significant statistic following the #OscarsSoWhite protest that made waves in 2016. According to the Academy’s announcement, there has been a 331% increase of people of color invited to join the Academy from 2015-2017. The Academy has vowed to make its membership better reflect the world demographics, after many years of criticism that women, racial minorities and international artists were under-represented. As a result, the number of new-member invitations has risen steadily. [Source]

Actors

Daniel Brühl – “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” “Inglourious Basterds”
Maggie Cheung – “Hero,” “In the Mood for Love”
John Cho – “Star Trek” series, “Harold & Kumar” series
Priyanka Chopra – “Baywatch,” “Barfi!”

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]