First look at Netflix's upcoming A24 collab, Beef, starring Steven Yeun and Ali Wong.

What’s This About a ‘Beef’ With Steven Yeun and Ali Wong?

A Tuca and Bertie reunion? Kind of?

While we were all sad to learn that Ali Wong and Steven Yeun wouldn’t be reprising their roles as Bertie and Speckle in Tuca and Bertie, we’re thrilled to see that they’re clearly not done collaborating. In fact, they have a new project: Beef, coming to Netflix on April 6th, 2023.

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No, this has nothing to do with “The Beef” from our current favorite show, The Bear. This is about road rage, baby. Pure, unadulterated road rage.

As someone who was born and raised in SoCal, road rage was a rite of passage—both enduring it and dishing it. It can be a very scary thing. But once you get used to it, it’s easy to shrug off as you cruise at an easygoing 72 MPH all the way down the 101. (The speed limit is 55.)

… At least, it’s easy for me. But clearly, that isn’t the case for Wong and Yeun’s characters.

What’s this Beef about, and who’s in it?

The premise of Beef is that two people survive a road rage incident, but they just can’t stop thinking about it. This story was inspired by a real experience in the life of showrunner Lee Sung Jin, who jokingly stated that it was something he just couldn’t let go of, even three years later. This is the same Sung Jin who wrote for Silicon Valley, so I personally think this sounds delightful. I can’t wait to watch it.

Wong and Yeun will play the central characters: Amy Lau and Danny Cho, respectively. Joining them are the following:

Series Regulars

  • Young Mazino as Paul
  • Joseph Lee as George
  • David Choe as Isaac
  • Patti Yasutake as Fumi

Recurring

  • Ashley Park as Naomi
  • Justin H. Min as Edwin
  • Maria Bello as Jordan
  • Andrew Santino as Michael
  • Mia Serafino as Mia
  • Remy Holt as June
  • Rekstizzy as Bobby

Guest

  • Ione Skye

Is Netflix upping their game?

What I’m curious about is whether or not this will pave the way for more collaborations between A24 and Netflix. As far as I’m aware, this is the first such collaboration between the two companies. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing, regarding show quality and network endurance, I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see. At the very least, I love Ali Wong, I love Steven Yeun, and I love the things they do. So I’d be shocked if this proves any different.

(featured image: Netflix)


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