Summer is upon us, and that means vacation and weekend getaways. Of course, it also means a lot of movies to watch either on the big screen or in the comfort of your home. there are those traditional blockbuster tentpoles, there are also some smaller indie fares to look forward to. Like “Fire Island.” The film directed by Ander Ahn, using a script written by Joel Kim Booster, who also stars, is more or less a modern day LBGTQ+ retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
“Fire Island,’ which is set to debut on Hulu later this summer, stars the aforementioned Booster, alongside Bowen Yang, and Conard Ricamora who travel to party and possibly find love. While staying at their friend Erin’s (Margret Cho) place, the group pursue their goals, all the while having a good time at drag parties, karaoke bars, and beach days. But they soon discover that not all is what is seems on the island, as they are confronted with privilege and classism – which is apparent just by the language and visuals.
“Fire Islands” provides a refreshing twist on the genre and adaptations of Austen novels. The film features a predominantly marginalized cast made up of Asian-Americans and LGBTQ+ actors. Additionally, Booster, Yang, and Cho are some of the most prolific members of the Asian-American and LGTQ+ community. Booster is best known for his work on , Netflix’s “The Week Of,” Hulu’s “Shrill,” and is a regular panelist on the NPR show “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me.” Yang is a regular SNL cast member. And Cho has made multiple appearances on TV and Film.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Fire Island:”
Set in the iconic Pines, Andrew Ahn’s ‘Fire Island’ is an unapologetic, modern day rom-com showcasing a diverse, multicultural examination of queerness and romance. Inspired by the timeless pursuits from Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, the story centers around two best friends (Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang) who set out to have a legendary summer adventure with the help of cheap rosé and their cadre of eclectic friends.
James Scully, Nick Adams, Tomás Matos and Torian Miller also star.
“Fire Island” is expected to drop exclusively on Hulu on June 3, 2022.