'The White Lotus' Star Will Sharpe To Direct Film Adaptation of 'Crying in H Mart'
A New York Times bestseller about a half-Korean daughter discovering her Korean roots.
Will Sharpe, who played Ethan in the buzzy HBO series The White Lotus, has landed another gig — not as an actor, but as a director. The creative, who is a BAFTA Award-nominated writer and director, will be working on the film adaptation of Crying in H Mart, the bestselling memoir written by Michelle Zauner.
As reported by People, the 36-year-old will be directing the movie. “There were lots of things that resonated with me as somebody who is half-Japanese, half-British, spent my childhood in Tokyo,” Sharpe told the publication. “Some of the descriptions of being jet-lagged in your family’s kitchen felt very familiar to me.”
Zauner reportedly decided to work with Sharpe due to his “sensitivity as a director and an actor, his ability to find humor and grace within the tragedy of the everyday, and his own personal experience, having grown up between two cultures, make[s] him the perfect director for this film.” Sharpe added, “I found that it felt universal in its specificity. In that it’s so lovingly detailed about the experience of growing up around Korean food and the cooking of Korean food.”
Crying in H Mart, which follows Zauner on her relationship with her Chong-mi and her Korean background, was on The New York Times‘ best-sellers list for more than 60 weeks.
Stay tuned as we learn more about the movie adaptation of Crying in H Mart.