Jo Koy Cast in His First Feature Film Role for Live Action, “Anastasia”
Jo Koy was just added to the cast of the upcoming live-action family film Anastasia. Koy is already an accomplished stand up headliner, and has left his mark all over the television dial. Now he can add feature films to his resume.
Koy has been cast as Vladimir Lenin and will play with a strong cast including Superman’s Brandon Routh as Anastasia’s father, Tsar Nicholas, 14-year old Emily Carey of Wonder Woman as Anastasia, and Broadway star Donna Murphy, confirmed to play “Yara the Enchantress.”
Set in 1917, Anastasia is a re-telling of the classic story in which Anastasia Romanov escapes through a portal when her family is threatened by Vladimir Lenin, and finds herself in the year 1988, befriended by a young American girl. Production on the time-travel film began last summer and will resume shooting next month. Anastasia has already been a hit animated feature film, a popular Broadway show, but the new live-action feature will reportedly diverge a bit from both the animated film and the true story on which the film was based.
Jo is currently performing on his Break the Mold world tour, and in 2016 released a killer stand up special, “Jo Koy: Live From Seattle” currently available on Netflix. Koy’s tv appearances include over 100 episodes of Chelsea Lately, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, @Midnight with Chris Hardwick, Sean In The Wild, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly.
Producers on Anastasia are Armando Gutierrez, Eli Lipnik, Peter Lees and Bret Jones. Blake Harris will direct from his screenplay. The original concept for the story came from Gutierrez and Harris. Anastasia marks the second production between Swen Group, the Latin American company that recently established a US distribution arm, and Florida-based production company Conglomerate.