KC Concepcion Is Replacing Toni Gonzaga in Filipino-American Movie Asian Persuasion
A Filipino-American romcom is on its way, and KC Concepcion will play the female lead. The film, titled Asian Persuasion, will feature a star-studded Fil-Am cast as the movie champions and inspires Southeast Asian storytelling in American cinema.
Concepcion will be replacing Toni Gonzaga, who was previously tapped for the role but backed out due to scheduling conflicts. Concepcion will be playing opposite Dante Basco, whose acting credits are well known in Asian communities (The Fabulous Filipino Brothers, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Debut).
The story will follow Basco’s character, a divorced chef who comes up with a harebrained plan to matchmake his ex-wife so he doesn’t have to pay alimony. Along the way, he’ll realize he wants a second chance with his ex, to be played by Concepcion.
The film will be the directorial debut of Jhett Tolentino, the first Filipino to ever win both a Tony and a Grammy. A legend in Broadway and theater, Tolentino will also be producing the movie under Jhett Tolentino Productions alongside Fil-Am screenwriter Mike Ang.
Cinematography will be by Andrea Walters, who also worked on The Fabulous Filipino Brothers. Production and costume design will be done by Daedalus Moving Pictures’ Sheena Alexis, while the music score will be produced by Eunice Tanzil with casting by Bess Fifer.
Joining the cast are Kevin Kreider, Scarlett Sher, Celia Au, Geneva Carr, as well as familiar Fil-Ams Paolo Montalban, Apl.de.Ap, and Tony Labrusca.
Production has already begun, and the film is expected to be released by early 2023.