Production has been completed on The Islands, set to hit theatres in November 2018.
The film, shot entirely in Hawaii, is based on the incredible true story of Kapiolani who descended into an active volcano to demonstrate her new-found faith and ushered in a new beginning in Hawaii.
Newcomer Teuira Shanti Napa plays alongside Academy-Award winner Mira Sorvino and legendary actor John Savage, who play early missionaries.
“I’m so delighted that we could tell the world about Kapiolani through cinema,” says director Tim Chey. “What she did is still considered one of the greatest acts of moral courage by any world leader.”
Over 13,000 actors submitted for The Islands, including over 800 native Hawaiian actors. The casting team sought actors in Hawaii, Los Angeles, New York City, Toronto, and Guam.
“We’re super-excited that millions around the world will hear a story that has never been told in the movies,” said Chey. “This will honour Hawaiian history and all the Hawaiian people.”
The film is one of four movies being shot on Hawaii’s epic history.
Chey also produced Freedom (Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Sharon Leal) that was shot on the Amistad and David and Goliath, filmed in North Africa and London.
He also produced and directed Sony Pictures’ Slamma Jamma (Michael Irvin, Chris Staples) which was shown at 502 theatres in 281 cities across the US.