TOCA will be the full-length remake of a short film entitled Mano. Mano was completed in 2007 and was directed by Anthony Nardolillo (pictured right). It starred a few current Hollywood notables including Laz Alonso (Avatar), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), and the late Lee T. Young (Rizzoli & Isles, The Famous Jett Jackson). It also featured many popular Salsa instructors/performers in dance scenes including Magna Gopal, Cristian Oviedo, Kimberly Flores, and Francisco Vazquez (of the famed Vazquez brothers).
TOCA will also be directed by Anthony Nardolillo, but will have a different cast. Esai Morales (pictured left – La Bamba, NYPD Blue) and Jennifer Taylor (The Waterboy, Two and a Half Men) are slated to star in TOCA which will be released in 2015.
TOCA will not be a dance movie, perse, but Salsa is a very important backdrop and theme within the movie.
Below is a list of current credits and information for TOCA:
PRODUCER: Michael Mandaville (Take 1 and 2) & Rodway Entertainment
Exec Producer: Luchie Sailie
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Anthony Nardolillo
CAST SO FAR: Esai Morales, Jennifer Taylor (2 1/2 Men) & Gilbert Saldivar (Jlo’s Dance Captian) & pending offer on big name Latina actress.
CHOEROGRAPHER: Andy Lyrik Cruz
MUSIC PRODUCER: Bryant Siono (Current musical director for Jennifer Lopez) FANIA and ORIGINAL MUSIC
SHOOT DATES: October 27th – Nov 18th 2014 (LA), Nov 20-24 (NY)
LOGLINE (Plot): Two brothers, once the cities best Salsa dancers, are reunited years after the death of their father, and embark on regaining the essence of culture, pride, family, music and dance, all the while Spanish Harlem tries to hold on to the one thing that can’t be removed – “Our Latin Thing”.
“RAUL”– age 26-32 Young Antonio Banderas, Young Esai Morales types with heavy Salsa dance background.
“CHACHI”– age 25-30 Young beauty that can project Nuyorican vibe with heavy Salsa dance background.
“GRISELLE”-age 23-28 Jaw-dropping Afro-Latina beauty with heavy Salsa dance background. (open to all ethnicities)
Below is a snippet from dancer auditions for TOCA – Our Latin Thing.
Stay tuned for more updates on the TOCA!