Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada will headline her first feature film, Yellow Rose, alongside fellow Miss Saigon alum Lea Salonga (recently on Broadway in Once On This Island) and country music star Dale Watson.
The film, which is directed by Diane Paragas and has been in development for 15 years, follows the tale of Rose, a 17-year-old Filipino-American teenager from Texas who dreams in secret of becoming a country music icon. She has to fend for herself, however, when her mother is arrested by ICE, and must choose between following her dreams without her mother or leaving her passions behind. Tony winner Salonga is set to play Rose's aunt.
The film has original music composed and performed by the cast and Paragas. The cast also includes Liam Booth, Gustavo Gomez, Libby Villari, and Princess Punzalan.
Paragas has expressed her excitement at the timing of Yellow Rose: “With the increased demand for diverse Asian-American stories in Hollywood, I can’t think of a better time to develop this film…we’ve selected an incredibly talented cast to help tell this story.”
Noblezada made her Broadway debut as Kim in the recent Broadway revival of Miss Saigon, earning a Tony nomination for her performance. She previously headlined the musical in London’s West End, where she also appeared in Les Misérables. She will return to the U.K. stage later this year in Hadestown at the National Theatre.