Realm, the largest scripted podcast network that creates immersive, original fiction podcasts and audiobook series, released the trailer and announced casting for the Realm Original Echo Park.
Starring and executive produced by Harry Shum Jr., the new podcast is due to release on August 18, 2022.
The official description of the podcast is as follows:
This pulse-pounding crime thriller takes place in a lightly futuristic world where Echoes—genetic clones of their sources — exist and live on the outskirts of society. James (Shum Jr.) and Terrance share DNA, but they aren’t brothers. They aren’t even friends. As a civil advisor for the LAPD harboring a secret addiction, James relies on Terrance — his genetic clone — to help him pass mandatory drug testing. But when Terrance suddenly goes missing and multiple clones end up murdered, a case of mistaken identity forces James to inhabit his double’s life, risking the unraveling of his carefully composed lies.
You can check out the trailer below!
Shum Jr. can currently be seen in theaters in A24’s box office smash hit Everything Everywhere All At Once and was recently announced as a regular on season 19 of ABC’s landmark medical drama, Grey‘s Anatomy. Fans will, of course, also remember him from Crazy Rich Asians, Shadowhunters, and Glee.
On the subject of the podcast, Shum Jr. said, “The team at Realm have created a compelling thriller that cleverly mixes detective noir, sci-fi-what-if’s and daringly tackles the social implications of how our future world might look if we were faced with clones of our stranger selves. Excited to help tell this original story through an Asian-American lens and for audiences to experience Echo Park.”
Molly Barton, Realm’s founder and CEO, said, “It was an absolute joy partnering with Harry on this project. And his connection with this character was abundantly clear from the minute we began recording. He’s beloved by so many, and we believe audiences will fall in love with Harry yet again when they engage with this incredible performance.”
Echo Park is written by Curtis C. Chen, Monte Lin, Millie Ho, Sloane Leong, and Jenn Reese. It’s produced by Rhoda Belleza, Fred Greenhalgh, Kailynn West, and Hayley Wagreich with loop group actors including David Chen, James Taku Leung, Constance Parng, and Artemis Snow.
Echo Park episodes release weekly on all podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher; the podcast will also be available in full and ad-free on premiere day for subscribers to Realm+ and Realm Unlimited.