Hey, so remember about a year or so ago when it was announced the CJ ENM would be trying to make a K-pop boy band Hollywood movie called K-Pop: Lost In America? No? Well I don’t blame you. But I covered that because they said they were going to potentially cast idols, and today the first castings were reported as Rebel Wilson, Henry Melton, and then ASTRO member (and actor) Cha Eun Woo.
Sources tell Deadline that Rebel Wilson and Charles Melton are attached to star in K-Pop: Lost in America for producers Lynda Obst and CJ Entertainment’s Miky Lee. South Korean filmmaker JK Youn is directing and was written by Jeff Kaplan & Ian Springer, with a current draft by Karen McCullah & Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith.
On July 1, StarNews reported that according to industry insiders, Cha Eun Woo was in talks to play the lead in the new Hollywood film, and he had even cleared part of his schedule for the second half of 2022 in order to prepare for filming.
The plot remains the same and as unrealistic as ever given the micromanagement of K-pop.
The movie, which was announced last year as being slated for a 2023 release, will tell the story of a K-pop boy group that finds themselves stranded in Texas just days before their global debut tour kicks off at New York’s Madison Square Garden. With no phones, no money, and no transportation, the group must overcome a series of “crazy obstacles” in order to make it to New York City in time for their U.S. debut.
That said, uh, I am definitely not above watching what basically sounds like a K-pop road trip movie, and I’m nothing if not curious. I figure best-case scenario it’s something like a The Hangover and Get Him To The Greek mashup, and worst-case scenario it’s probably as cringey and embarrassing as you’re thinking it probably will be.