Justin Chon (Ms Purple) and Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider)are set to headline Asian family-centred drama Blue Bayou.
Inspired by true events, the plot tells the story of Antonio, a Korean adoptee raised in the US who is forced to confront his distant past, and what it means for his own future as well as his family’s, as he suddenly –and unexpectedly– faces deportation.
Chon will direct as well as star and had this to say about directing:
“The reason I stepped behind the camera is to take control of the story, number one. Number two, I realize how I add the value to the Asian American community right now. We have Justin Lin, we have James Wan, and John Chu —they’re doing that space incredibly well. They’re doing the studio system so and more commercial traditional films. I think I’m so well served in telling these much more intimate stories that bring empathy to us, to our community, and portray us in an authentic way — and I think that is penetrating the culture in a different way.”
Chon is producing the pic with MACRO’s King, Kim Roth, and Poppy Hanks. Clara Wu, Entertainment One’s Nick Meyer, Zev Foreman, and Eddie Rubin will serve as executive producers with MACRO’s Yira Vilaro and Greta Fuentes as co-producers.