There’s truly nothing Korean American singer-songwriter Eric Nam can’t do!
While he started his career in the Korean entertainment industry as a K-Pop idol…
He also received fame as a TV host and interviewer.
Over the course of the past couple of years, he also became an entrepreneur, launching DIVE Studios, hosting his own podcast K-Pop Daebak w/ Eric Nam, and co-creating the wellness app Mindset with his brothers Brian and Eddie Nam.
Not to mention before all that, he had accepted a position as a business analyst at Deloitte Consulting. So, he has quite the resume.
Now, Eric Nam is adding actor to his long list of professions.
Eric Nam is reportedly to make his acting debut in Transplant. It’s the latest feature film from Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi’s Significant Productions.
This production company brought audiences Ryan Coogler‘s Fruitvale Station and Boots Riley‘s Sorry to Bother You.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eric Nam will star “as Jonah Yoon, a top surgical resident at an elite hospital with a punishing drive to succeed.”
Nam, an Atlanta native who built a successful career in the Korean entertainment industry as a solo artist and host before returning stateside in recent years, stars as Jonah Yoon, a top surgical resident at an elite hospital with a punishing drive to succeed under the training of Dr. Edward Harmon, a renowned heart transplant surgeon obsessed with maintaining his reputation of perfection. SAG nominee Bill Camp (The Queen’s Gambit) plays Harmon, and Michelle Okkyung Lee, April Grace and Adam Arkin co-star.
— The Hollywood Reporter
Not only is this Eric Nam’s acting debut, but this will mark Jason Park‘s directorial debut. Park served as co-writer with David J. Lee.
Whitaker and Bongiovi are producing alongside Jason Park, making his directorial debut on a screenplay he co-wrote with David J. Lee. Transplant, which recently wrapped production in Los Angeles, is co-financed by Endeavor Content as well as AUM Group, the multicultural film fund launched in 2020 by Bongiovi and other Asian American film and technology leaders. Last year’s Passing, also from Significant, was AUM Group’s first completed feature.
— The Hollywood Reporter
WME Independent, CAA Media Finance, and Endeavor Content will handle Transplant‘s distribution rights while Whitaker and Bongiovi are producing the film. Bongiovi explained why they chose newer artists.
Forest and I love working with feature directorial debuts of auteurs, and Jason came with a brilliant screenplay that dives into cultural specificities, yet conveys immense universal appeal. All the filmmakers that we’ve collaborated with have continued to shift the paradigm in Hollywood through authentic representation in narratives, and we see Jason having the same exemplary trajectory.
— Nina Yang Bongiovi
Likewise, Endeavor Content senior vice president of film development and production Dan Guando released a statement about the new project.
With Jason’s skilled and deeply personal storytelling, Eric and Bill’s brilliance and Nina and Forest’s vision and passion, working on Transplant has been a complete labor of love. We are ecstatic to have all of these amazing voices collaborating on this wonderful film.
— Dan Guando
Additionally, Eric Nam made the announcement regarding his casting on social media. He thanked his fans, revealing that the reason for the postponement of some of his 2022 There and Back Again World Tour shows was due to the film.
Excited to be making my acting debut as Jonah Yoon in “Transplant” alongside some incredible actors and creatives!
p.s. thank you to my fans for letting me move my shows this summer. This is what it was about 🙏
— Eric Nam (에릭남) (@ericnamofficial) August 16, 2022
We can’t wait for Actor Eric Nam!