For those who have not-so-patiently waited to see Hawaii Five-O and Lost star Daniel Dae Kim lead a romance movie of his own, a sweet treat is on the way. Kim has announced that his production company will produce the film adaptation of Jayci Lee’s latest novel A Sweet Mess. The novel was released July 14, with Kim also announcing he will be playing one of the two leads (how Hollywood hasn’t already cast this man in all of the rom-coms is beyond me). The synopsis of the novel promises a fun escape for readers:
Aubrey Choi has been content running her highly successful bakery Comfort Zone and with its first expansion taking up all of her time, dating has been the least of her priorities. Then a one-night-stand with gorgeous Korean hunk Landon Kim makes her want things she didn’t think she had time for. Too bad it turns out he’s a celebrity food critic whose scathing review of Comfort Zone goes viral and nearly destroys Aubrey’s business—and her fond memory of their night together. Landon tries to clean up the mess he made by offering Aubrey a spot on the new celebrity cooking show he’s producing. She agrees to use this as a way to save her bakery and her reputation—no thanks to him—but vows to guard her heart. Now Aubrey and Landon find themselves sharing a villa in California wine country, which is a guaranteed recipe for disaster. For the next three weeks, baker and critic will tempt each other as they struggle to resist admitting that they have all the necessary ingredients for love.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter (who broke the story), Kim said he and his company 3AD “are so excited to be working with Jayci on A Sweet Mess. We were completely charmed by her work and look forward to bringing this story to the screen.” For her part, Lee stated, “I wrote A Sweet Mess to share a story featuring Asian Americans as main characters. To show them as fellow Americans who laugh, cry, and love. Now everyone will be able to see A Sweet Mess come to life onscreen. My heart is bursting.”
Kim also produces ABC’s The Good Doctor and uses his production company to champion unheard voices in film and television, both in front of and behind the camera. Other projects he has recently announced include the Amazon series Tether and a Nyle DiMarco vehicle for Spectrum. You can order A Sweet Mess here!