It's finally here! The highly anticipated trailer for Jo Koy's Filipino American Comedy movie Easter Sunday has just dropped and depicts every scenario you can think of when your Filipino family gathers for any big celebration. This is a significant move in Hollywood as this is the first studio film to center around a Filipino American family.
In this love letter to the Filipino-American community, stand-up comedy sensation Jo Koy stars as a man returning home for an Easter celebration with his riotous, bickering, eating, drinking, laughing, and loving family. The first look at Easter Sunday was given to Entertainment Weekly and fellow Filipino and Executive Editor Clarissa Cruz, who got to pen the story with some exclusives from Jo Koy.
In the Entertainment Weekly interview, Jo Koy shared the story of how the one and only Steven Spielberg helped get this film off the ground. After Spielberg watched Jo Koy's Netflix special Comin' In Hot, he was invited to Amblin, a film and television production company led by Spielberg. Jo Koy pitched the movie, and eight months later, they began to film in Vancouver.
Easter Sunday features an all-star comedic cast that includes Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley series), Tia Carrere (True Lies, Wayne’s World films), Brandon Wardell (Curb Your Enthusiasm series), Tony nominee Eva Noblezada (Broadway’s Hadestown), Lydia Gaston (Broadway’s The King and I), Asif Ali (WandaVision), Rodney To (Parks and Recreation series), Eugene Cordero (The Good Place series), Jay Chandrasekhar (I Love You, Man), Former MYX Host Joey Guila (The Fabulous Filipino Brothers), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Lou Diamond Phillips (Courage Under Fire).
Check out the Easter Sunday Trailer below, and make sure to catch the movie only in theaters this summer on August 5th!
Cover Photo Courtesy of Easter Sunday Facebook
You read that right! PBS Kids premiered a brand new animated series centered around Filipino American lead characters. Jelly, Ben & Pogo are three best friends who help their neighbors and each other by identifying a problem and working together to find a solution. The series is geared to help children between the ages of 3 to 8 with social and emotional growth and social competence in relationship skills and social problem-solving.
It's amazing to see representation like this on-screen. PBS has been an industry leader in creating content for kids that helps them grow and learn and showcases the diverse world we live in. Jelly and Ben's family are of Filipino heritage. The show weaves in Philippine culture, including Tagalog, music, and of course, food.
Check out the playlist of all the episodes for Jelly, Ben & Pogo below:
Cover Photo Courtesy of PBS