B.D. Wong will stay in Gotham on his hiatus from “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” to make his feature directing debut on “Social Grace.”
The independent film is a romantic comedy about the cultural complications that occur when an Asian-American woman realizes her Cinderella fantasy by dating one of Gotham’s most eligible blue-blood bachelors.
Fay Ann Lee wrote the script. Pic is being produced by Susan Batson and Carl Rumbaugh, along with Alien/Nitrate Pictures. Arclight Films is the foreign distrib.
Wong had been offered a supporting role in “Social Grace,” but convinced the scribe he should direct it, too.
“It has the potential to be a very commercial mainstream comedy with an Asian-American point of view that is honest and fresh,” Wong said.
“Growing up with the assumption that being Cinderella is what makes a girl happy is a loaded prospect when you’re an Asian girl who gets to a juncture where it’s not clear whether it’s the guy or his world that she’s fallen in love with,” he added.
Producers Batson and Rumbaugh just opened “A Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway and are producing “Little Darlings,” a period film at Regency, with Storyline partners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.