Our friends over at Kollective Hustle shared a cast photo from the first week of filming, Easter Sunday. The film stars Fil-Am comedian Jo Koy and directed by Jay Chandrasekhar. Easter Sunday takes from Jo Koy’s life experiences all set around an Easter Sunday celebration.
The photo’s caption shares the list of cast member involved in the film. We found out last month that Yellow Rose star Eva Noblezada is on the roster along with fellow comedian Brandon Wardell who’s playing Jo Koy’s son. Also joining the cast are:
Jo Koy shared how meaningful it’s been to start production on a film that highlights a Filipino family. It’ll not only bring representation, but also showcase diverse and talented individuals, and the Filipino culture globally. He’s said before that his story not only relates to Filipinos, but it resonates with many other people. The story of family is the center of Jo Koy’s career and something that’s relatable worldwide.
Cover Photo Credit: Kollective Hustle Facebook
Earlier this year, we heard about a casting call for a film involving a popular comedian. Jo Koy is starring in the film, Easter Sunday which is loosely based around his life experiences. The plot takes place around an Easter Sunday family celebration. For Filipinos, Easter is a big deal. Holy Week leads up to Easter and is filled with tradition.
Just announced from Deadline, Eva Noblezada and Brandon Wardell joins the cast. Noblezada comes from a Broadway background and the award-nominated film, Yellow Rose. A film that follows Rose, an undocumented Filipina, who dreams of leaving her small town in Texas to pursue her country music dreams. Wardell, a comedian known for his work on Comedy Central and appearances Curb Your Enthusiasm, Like and Subscribe, and more. He also has a podcast called “Yeah, But Still” with Jack Wagner. It’s also featured on Vulture’s list of the 10 best comedy podcasts of 2020.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jay Chandrasekhar is directing the film and Ken Cheng will write the script. Jo Koy and Cheng are executive producing, along with Joe Meloche, Jessica Gao, Jimmy O. Yang, Rideback’s Nick Reynolds, and Seth William Meier. Although there’s no other details about the film besides possibly beginning shooting this spring, we can expect a good time full of laughs. It’s exciting to see more representation of the Fil-Am life on the big screen. First we get Yellow Rose and now we look forward to Easter Sunday. We hope this puts more of a spotlight on a Filipino families living in America.
Cover Photo Credit: Eva Noblezada Facebook