The White Lotus’ Will Sharpe to direct Japanese Breakfast series

Michelle Zauner was attracted to the star's "sensitivity" and "humour" to help bring her bestseller, Crying In H Mart, to the screen

Will Sharpe is set to direct a film adaptation of Crying In H Mart, the bestselling memoir from Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner.

The Japanese-English actor, who played Ethan Spiller in HBO’s 2022 smash hit The White Lotus, is also a BAFTA-nominated writer and director. The 2021 memoir, which deals with Zauner’s grief after losing of her mother as well as her relationship with her South Korean heritage, was on The New York Times best-sellers list for over 60 weeks and was soon confirmed for a film adaptation from MGM Orion Pictures.

Speaking with People, Zauner said she was attracted to Sharpe’s “sensitivity as a director and an actor, his ability to find humor and grace within the tragedy of the everyday, and his own personal experience, having grown up between two cultures, make[s] him the perfect director for this film.”

Sharpe told the outlet that “there were lots of things that resonated with me as somebody who is half-Japanese, half-British, spent my childhood in Tokyo […]. Some of the descriptions of being jet-lagged in your family’s kitchen felt very familiar to me.”

As well as his acting work in The White Lotus and Girl/Haji, Sharpe created the the black comedy series Flowers, and wrote and directed The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain and The Darkest Universe.

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