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Awkwafina Joins Mahershala Ali in Apple TV+ Drama ‘Swan Song’

BY Stephanie Larson

Published 4 years ago

Awkwafina Joins Mahershala Ali in Apple TV+ Drama 'Swan Song'

Awkwafina is adding another drama to her lengthening list of credits.

The Farewell and Ocean’s 8 star will be joining Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris in the drama Swan Song for Apple plus.

Plot details remain scarce but the studio describes Swan Song as a genre-bending film set in the near future that explores how far someone will go, and how much they’ll sacrifice, to make a happier life for the people they love.

Awkwafina will be playing Kate, a close friend and confidant to Ali’s character Cameron. Harris will be playing Cameron’s wife and true soulmate Poppy.

Benjamin Cleary, who has won an Oscar for his short film Stutterer, has written the screenplay and will be directing Swan Song. 

Apple Studios, Anonymous Content, and Concordia Studio will be producing. Adam Shulman and Jacob Perlin will be producing for Anonymous Content while Jonathan King will produce on behalf of Concordia Studio. In addition to starring in the film, Ali will also be producing via his Know Wonder company.

Awkwafina gained worldwide recognition in her role in Crazy Rich Asians. She is now starring in her Comedy Central’s comedy series Awkwafina is Nora From Queens which has just been greenlighted for a second season. She also appeared alongside Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in Jumanji: The Next Level.

Earlier this year, Awkwafina won a Golden Globe for her performance in Lulu Wang’s drama The Farewell. She will be starring next in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings and Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon.

Swan Song will be joining Apple Plus and A24’s collaboration effort On The Rocks directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. In addition to that, Apple’s upcoming roster of originals include Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, Snow Blind starring Jake Gyllenhaal, The Sky is Everywhere starring Jason Segel and Cherry Jones, and the Russo brothers’ Cherry starring Tom Holland. There is also Antoine Fuqua’s Emancipation starring Will Smith, Werner Herzog Film production’s Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds, and Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka’s Sharper starring Julianne Moore.

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