Francesca Eastwood, Pierson Fodé Join Indie Drama ‘Cardinal X’

“The Leftovers” star Annie Q headlines the 1980s college-set drama

Francesca Eastwood and Pierson Fodé have joined “The Leftovers” star Annie Q in 1980s college-set drama “Cardinal X,” the filmmakers announced Friday.

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Writer-director Angie Wang is making her feature film debut on the semi-autobiographical drama following Q as Angie, a working-class Asian girl from Newark who, out of financial necessity, transforms herself into an expert in the manufacture of the party drug ecstasy in the chemistry lab on the campus of her prestigious West Coast university. The film will chronicle her rise, fall and ultimate redemption.

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Richard Bosner is producing and Cassian Elwes is executive producing.

“As Asian-Americans, we endure so many stereotypes,” Wang said. “I am looking forward to exploding a few of them and highlighting the solidarity of the human condition. I’m thrilled to embark upon this journey with a most talented ensemble and two incredible producers.”

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Scott Keiji Takeda, Elisa Donovan, Ron Yuan, Aalyrah Caldwell, Yetide Badaki, Devon Libran and Noah Segan have also been added to round out the cast. “Cardinal X” will begin production around Halloween in and around the Bay Area, with filming set to last for about a month.