EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Hu will direct the feature film Breast Cancer Bucket List from producers Autumn Federici and Jake Helgren under their production banner, The Ninth House.
Roxy Shih, who recently directed Whose child for Ninth House Films, will be based on a screenplay by Jessica Landry.
Patricia Velasquez and Sylvia Kwan will join Hu.
The film follows Brenda Lee (Hu) who is diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. Faced with her own mortality, Brenda is determined to find daughter Talia Carroll (Kwan) whom she abandoned for adoption when she was a baby. Brenda’s best friend, Meg (Velásquez) is by Brenda’s side every step of the way in her search to find Talia. Talia, having had a life privileged by her adoptive parents, hesitates at first to make contact with the stranger who appears at her doorstep identifying herself as her biological mother, a moment that Talia has desired all her life. Talia decides to let Brenda into her life, and the mother / daughter duo embark on a journey to accomplish every thing on Brenda’s bucket list… as wild as she is.
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Hu played the role of Lady Deathstrike in the X Men franchise and The Sorceress in The Scorpion King opposite Dwayne Johnson. His television credits include The best of LA, Flèche, l’Orville, warehouse 13, and Dietland. She can currently be seen featured in the Netflix feature, Find ‘Ohana directed by Jude Weng.
Velasquez is an award-winning actress, author and model. His film credits include The mummy, the return of the mummy, and The curse of La Llorona. His television credits include Development stopped, Rescue Me, The L Word, and Ugly betty. She recently completed production on Free Dead or Alive / Malignant and Brut Force.
Kwan recently played the role of Mabel Tseng in Grey’s Anatomy. His previous TV credits include NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and 90210.
Ninth House Films is a full-service production company co-founded by Autumn Federici and Jake Helgren. The latest film from Ninth House Film Dashing in December aired on The Paramount Network in December. They are currently in post-production on Whose child, a socially conscious film about child abuse in the family starring Anna Schafer.
Hu is replaced by A3 Artists Agency, Mainstay Entertainment and Meyer and Downs. Velásquez is replaced by Untitled and Insurge, Kwan is replaced by A3 Artists Agency, Marque Entertainment and Defining Artists Agency. The ninth house is taken over by Bradley Garrett, Esq.