Easter Sunday is a special day — especially for Filipinos. The legacy of being colonized has lived on through our families and Catholicism has given us the opportunity to get together in the spring and be with family to eat lots of food and get wildly judged by our elders on our life choices as we navigate through family drama with a teeth-grinding grin. This is exactly what we can expect from Jo Koy‘s upcoming comedy Easter Sunday directed by Jay Chandrasekhar.
The Filipino-fronted cast led by the veteran comedian includes Tia Carrere, Brandon Wardell, Eva Noblezada, Eugene Cordero, Lou Diamond Phillips, Joey Guila, Elena Juatco, Lydia Gaston, Rodney To, and Melody Butiu as well as Jimmy O. Yang, Asif Ali, and Tiffany Haddish.
This could possibly be the biggest Filipino American cast in a Hollywood studio movie ever. Consider the ground broken.
Written by Ken Cheng, Easter Sunday is based on the stand-up comedy and life experiences of Jo Koy as his on-screen family get ready to celebrate Easter — hence all the Filipino-ness.
Koy, Cheng, Joe Meloche, Jessica Gao, Jimmy O. Yang, Rideback’s Nick Reynolds, and Seth William Meier serve as executive producers producing. Holly Bario, Amblin’s president of production, and Mia Maniscalco, vp creative affairs, are overseeing for the banner. Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback are producing.
Easter Sunday opens August 5.