Bowen Yang And Joel Kim Booster Hit The Beach In Splashy ‘Fire Island’ Trailer


One of Jane Austen’s most beloved classics is about to get a splashy, queer-inclusive update.

Hulu on Monday unveiled the first trailer for “Fire Island,” due out June 3 and directed by Andrew Ahn. The hotly anticipated romantic comedy is billed as a modern interpretation of Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” that’s set in the sand and surf of New York’s premier gay resort destination.

Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang star as Noah and Howie, two gay friends who embark on a group vacation to the Pines, a section of Fire Island, New York, known as a mecca for the LGBTQ community.

Flirtation and drama ensue after the pair and their pals catch the eye of two significantly wealthier men, Will (Conrad Ricamora) and Charlie (James Scully).

Catch the “Fire Island” trailer above.

From left: James Scully, Nick Adams and Conrad Ricamora in "Fire Island."
From left: James Scully, Nick Adams and Conrad Ricamora in “Fire Island.”

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Speaking to HuffPost, Ricamora called the experience of working on the movie “a dream,” noting the parallels between the social dynamics present in Austen’s classic and the contingent of the queer community that can afford to vacation by the beach each summer.

“[Booster] has been coming to Fire Island for years, and one day, he was sitting on the beach watching all of these cliques of people socialize and interact,” said Ricamora, best known for playing Oliver Hampton on ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder.” “He realized those dynamics felt a lot like ‘Pride and Prejudice.’”

Booster, who wrote the film’s script, echoed those sentiments in an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Monday.

“Fire Island is oppressively white and inherently classist,” he explained. “What really came into focus for me was it being about chosen family and, specifically, my friendship with Bowen and the connection that we have as queer Asian men in a space that maybe isn’t made for us and overcoming that. That was really powerful for me.”