Arden Cho to star as ‘fierce’ lawyer fighting to become first Asian junior partner at law firm in new Netflix series
By Ryan General
September 15, 2021
Netflix is developing a series based on Helen Wan’s 2013 novel “The Partner Track,” and starring actor Arden Cho, who is most known for her role on “Teen Wolf,” as the lead.
About the novel: Wan, who will serve as a consultant on the Netflix production, published the novel “The Partner Track” in 2013 by St. Martin’s Press.
- Wan describes her novel as “the story of a young woman of color navigating the alien culture at a powerful law firm. It’s about chasing success and living authentically at work while staying true to ourselves and our values.”
- The novel is currently being taught in law schools and universities, according to the Chicago Law Bulletin.
- The novelist, who is also a lawyer by profession, is often invited to conferences to speak about diversity, inclusion and the career advancement of women, Asian Americans and women of color in corporate America, reported CNN.
About the show: “Partner Track,” the 10-episode series adaptation, will star Cho as the “idealistic, whip-smart, fierce, kind and eager” lawyer Ingrid Yun who “fights to climb the partner track” at Parsons Valentine, an elite New York City law firm, reported The Hollywood Reporter.
- The character will balance being true to herself while making her way through existing power structures, in her bid to be the first Asian American junior partner at the law firm.
- Joining Cho in the cast are stars Bradley Gibson, known for his role in the series “Powerbook III: Ghost;” Alexandra Turshen, known for her guest role in the series “Ray Donovan;” Nolan Gerard Funk, known from the series “The Flight Attendant;” Dominic Sherwood from the series “Penny Dreadful: The City of Angels;” Rob Heaps, who played a doctor in the series “Good Girls;” and Matthew Rauch from the series “Terminal List.”
- Georgia Lee, a writer and director for the miniseries “The Expanse,” and Sarah Goldfinger, an award-winning executive producer for Netflix’s “Trinkets,” will serve as executive producers and co-showrunners for the entire 10-episode series.
- In a statement, Lee said,: “We are so deeply excited to bring this story of an Asian American woman trying to break the glass ceiling at an elite law firm to life.”
- Julie Anne Robinson, who directed the popular Netflix show “Bridgerton,” will be directing the show’s first two episodes.
- While reports noted that the series would shoot in New York, no other details about the target date for the production or release have been revealed.
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