If you're an Ali Wong fan, chances are you've been subsisting on the trailer for her upcoming Netflix rom-com Always Be My Maybe while counting down to the official release.
The film, co-written and co-starred with actor Randall Park, is a nod to the classic Nora Ephon-esque romance, in which Wong and Park play Marcus and Sasha -- childhood best friends who return to their UST (unresolved sexual tension) decades afterwards in their hometown.
Yes, there is a Keanu Reeves cameo. And yes, it's shaping up to be another shout-out to Asian Americans in the arts. But the best part? Apparently the movie's release has a massive fan campaign to thank.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Park revealed that the project may not have cut through all that Hollywood red tape were it not for a throwaway comment made by Wong in a 2016 interview. At the time, the Baby Cobra star mentioned she and Park had been wanting to make "our version of When Harry Met Sally" for years.
A swift internet rally ensued. And soon, journalists chimed in with their own 'letters to Hollywood' and the rest is Netflix history.
“I think you guys are probably responsible for the movie happening. I don’t think it would’ve happened without that article about the article,” says Park.
In a Vanity Fair profile, Wong confirms that the internet basically willed the project into being.
“We started getting all these calls from people like ‘We want to make the movie,’” Wong tells Vanity Fair. “And we were like, ‘We haven’t even written it yet.’”
So while we wait for Always Be My Maybe to drop on May 31, let's while away the hours by agitating for more Ali Wong films to be made.