Is A24's Everything Everywhere All At Once based on a book?

Darcy Rafter December 16, 2021
Is A24's Everything Everywhere All At Once based on a book?
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The Everything Everywhere All At Once trailer has just been released and fans have already become obsessed, so much so they want to know whether A24’s production is based on a book.

Everything Everywhere All At Once is the new film directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the people who brought us the bizarre but wonderful Swiss Army Man featuring Daniel Radcliffe.

The film is set to debut on 25 March 2022, so let’s find out whether there’s a novel you can read before the release.

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Is Everything Everywhere All At Once based on a book?

No, A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once is not based on a book.

Instead, it is an action-packed adventure film with a sci-fi edge Marvel fans are sure to enjoy. With everything going on in the film it seems this medium is the only way to convey a story so complex.

The tweet announcing the trailer’s arrival describes the film as “starring legends only,” and they’re not lying. Michelle Yeoh takes the lead role of Evelyn Wang and she is sure to do her multi-talented and multi-versed characters justice. Wang is suddenly thrown into every possible version of herself because she exists in multiple universes… a multiverse.

The cast also includes Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr, and James Hong, not to forget Jamie Lee Curtis who plays the villain.

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A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once plot

The film follows Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang, who “can’t seem to finish her taxes” until she’s propelled into the multiverse and takes on multiple roles. Those include a martial arts master, sign spinner, chef and a Robin Hood-like figure who battles a villainous bureaucrat, to name a few. Yeoh switches between universes with different roles in each, even though she’s in the same body. Her face reflects in a variety of ways meaning she has entered what is called the multiverse.

The trailer starts with Wang discussing her finances until a rolling office chair flings her into a different universe. Yeoh is then met by her alternate universe ‘husband’, who tells her she must stop a “great evil” that’s spreading throughout every parallel universe. By accessing many versions of herself, Wang is able to gain the skills to help her in every situation she finds herself in.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.