Casting Call: 'Lucky Grandma' needs a Chinese Andre The Giant

Indie feature needs a huge bodyguard to protect a chain-smoking Chinatown grandma from gangsters.

The upcoming independent feature film Lucky Grandma, directed by Sasie Sealy and co-written by Sealy and Angela Cheng, will be shooting in New York City's Chinatown and Flushing this fall. The production is currently in the middle of casting and looking for an actor to fill a key role in the film.

Lucky Grandma is a story about an ornery, chain-smoking, gambling Chinatown grandma who gets in trouble with two warring Tongs and hires a bodyguard to protect her and her grandson. The film will feature and all-Asian cast and will be largely in Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Fukienese).

Right now, they're specifically looking for someone who speaks fluent Cantonese or Mandarin that might be right for the lead role of "Big Pong," a huge Andre-the-Giant-type bodyguard character. Here's the breakdown:


BIG PONG - Male, 20s-40s, Chinese. A huge bodyguard (think Andre The Giant), he is a physically imposing member of the Sung Lian Tong, and he's been hired (at a discount rate) to protect Grandma from Pock-Mark and Little Handsome. A gentle soul, he's a bit of an awkward bodyguard and doesn't take this job too seriously - but after he's punched in the face by Little Handsome, he starts to take this gig very seriously indeed. Big Pong has been taught to respect his elders, and he treats Grandma with great deference and courtesy -- until he learns to his horror that she is in possession of money that has been stolen from his Tong...LEAD.

Contact Info: jessicadanielscasting@gmail.com

I've read a little bit of the treatment for Lucky Grandma and it sounds fantastic. But casting, especially for a significant role like Big Pong, will be key. If you know someone who might fit the bill outside the typical film and TV spheres, pass along this info. Good luck!

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