Japanese director Hikari has signed to helm Netflix‘s upcoming dramedy series, Beef. The filmmaker will direct the pilot, as well as multiple episodes, throughout the show’s initial season, which will star Oscar-nominee Steven Yeun and Ali Wong, Deadline is reporting.
The actor and actress are set to play two people who let a road rage incident settle deep into their minds and slowly consume their every thought and action. The duo will be joined on screen by David Choe, Patti Yasutake, Young Mazino and Joseph Lee, who have been cast as series regulars.
Mario Bello and Ashley Park have been cast as recurring guest stars. Justin H. Min, Andrew Santino, Rekstizzy, Mia Serafino and Remy Holt will also be featured in recurring guest roles on the show.
Lee Sung Jin created, and will also serve as the showrunner on, Beef. Sung Jin will also serve as an executive producer on the dramedy, alongside Yeun, via his company Universal Remote, and Wong.
Paper Towns director Jake Schreier, who’s also an executive producer on the series, will direct several episodes of its first season, as well. The show’s inaugural season will include 10 half-hour episodes.
Hikari is known for her feature film directorial debut, the 2019 drama, 37 Seconds. The project premiered at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, where it received the Panorama Audience Award. The movie was subsequently acquired by Netflix.
Besides helming 37 Seconds, Hikari is also known for having recently directed episodes of the crime thriller series, Tokyo Vice, which was executive produced by Michael Mann. The show stars Ansel Elgort, Ken Watanabe and Rinko Kikuchi.
In addition to working on Beef, Hikari is also developing her second feature film, Rental Family with Sight Unseen Pictures. She’s also working on the movie Dan & Sam with Marc Platt Productions and Universal Pictures, as well as the original television series, Made In Utah, with Annapurna TV.