When Harry Shum Jr. first read the script for Broadcast Signal Intrusion, out today (October 22nd), he knew he had to do more than undertake the film’s starring role of James.
“I didn’t have any words to explain how I felt, outside of that I just had so many questions in ways that it was unsettling because I didn’t have everything fed to me,” he tells Consequence.
The film follows James, a video archivist, as he investigates broadcast signal hackings while logging decades old TV broadcasts. Shum Jr. describes it as the “first generation of hacks,” with a plotline that led to a new acting approach for the Glee and Crazy Rich Asians star as he took on both the lead role and executive producer of the film.
“I thought the whole story as a whole was so interesting to explore, that I wanted to be involved as much as possible in any capacity,” he says.
Consequence spoke with Shum Jr. about the film’s unique expansion to his acting, as well his upcoming roles in A24’s EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE and Netflix’s holiday rom-com Love Hard.
Broadcast Signal Intrusion also stars Kelley Mack (The Walking Dead), Chris Sullivan (This Is Us, Stranger Things), Jennifer Jelsema, Arif Yampolsky, Justin Welborn, Michael B. Woods, and Steve Pringle.
Watch the full video interview with Harry Shum Jr. above.