BY ALEXA BASA
Star Cinema has named the lead stars of its upcoming film collaboration with Kumu, titled Love at First Stream, to be directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.
On Thursday, it was announced that Kaori Oinuma, Rhys Miguel, Daniella Stranner and Anthony Jennings will topbill the film.
The project is a pioneering collab between the ABS-CBN film outfit and the Filipino live streaming and social entertainment platform.
“Nung sinabi nga samin, nung pinitch samin ‘yan, parang maiyak-iyak talaga ako ng time na ‘yon,” Kaori said in a virtual press conference on Thursday.
“Pangarap ko mahawakan ni direk Cathy para maturuan, ma-guide at finally ito na siya, she added.
Rhys described the weird feeling of how his dreams are coming true.
“So parang super unreal ‘yung feeling na makakasama namin si direk tapos mala-launch tayo sa movie na ito,” he added.
When offered the project, Daniela shared: “Nandoon ‘yung excitement, nandoon po ‘yung pressure, takot, lahat po ng emotions na-feel ko noon kasi hindi po ako makapaniwala.”
She continued: “At first, syempre gulat na gulat po ako, nabigyan kami ng project sa dinami-daming artista, and during this pandemic mabibigyan ka ng project, that’s really a big blessing.”
As for Anthony, “Sobrang excited ako nung una and nagulat din ako na si direk Cathy kasi akala ko din like hindi na din si direk Cathy magwo-work. Sobrang swerte din namin kasi kami ‘yung bagong makakatrabaho ni direk Cathy.”
Director Cathy said that Love at First Stream is a movie for different generations.
“Our title might seem pambagets kasi Love at First Stream, and true enough yes, they are. It is starred by four, and not just four, many youngsters pero lagi lang ‘wag kalimutan na nandito po ako to represent my generation,” she said.
“Basically, ang gusto ko sa pelikulang ito, it’s like a story where most generations can relate to. So, para siyang love letter to each generation,” she added.
Asked if the movie will be shot indoors as the movie title suggests a streaming theme, she said: “This is a story not about streaming. This is a story about life and love that uses streaming as a platform. So dadaanan natin may mga ganyan, may mga streaming eksena, but the story is not just about that.”
Star Cinema has yet to reveal the other cast members and the film’s release date.