Covered Sun Films has completed casting for its upcoming teen drama pilot Insignificant, which is set to begin production in early August. Insignificant is set in the 90s and revolves around Wes Connelly, a 16 year old, and his friends as they each face their own struggles in dealing with love and friendship.
“At its heart, Insignificant is a story about relationships. More specifically, how those relationships affect and shape you when you’re young.” Wayne Cella, writer and director on the project recently shared.
Actor Drew Margolis will play Wes Connelly. Drew is a New Jersey native with a background in musical theater and a role in the short film There’s Something Wrong with Paul. Drew is excited about the role and can’t wait to tell this story.
“It’s important to have actors who connect with the character and the story. Drew and I talked about the role before he even read for it, and something told me that he’d be perfect for it. And he is.” Cella said of the Margolis casting.
Playing Wes’s best friend, Miles, will be social media personality Keith Pichardo. Keith comes to Covered Sun all the way from his home state of Arizona. Keith recently wrapped another project and is ready to get to work. “Beautiful things happen when preparation meets opportunity. My role in Insignificant is a perfect example of that.” Keith said recently.
“Keith is an intriguing choice for us. We really felt like the message of Insignificant and the message that Keith puts out to his followers on social media aligned very well. When we learned that Keith wanted to act, it seemed like a perfect match. Keith is a bright and dedicated young man. He is as nice and genuine in real life as he portrays himself on social media. We’re very lucky to have him onboard.” said Wayne Cella of the casting.
Emily Jayne is a New Jersey based actress who will play Izzy Isler, another of Wes’s best friends. Emily has appeared in some commercials and has a long list of theatrical productions on her resume.
We asked Emily why she was drawn to Insignificant. “I am beyond excited to be a part of Insignificant, I think the story is really relatable to a lot of teens. Personally, the character of Izzy really speaks to me and I feel a deep connection with her, so getting to portray someone as free spirited and deeply caring as her is super exciting.”
“Emily really seemed to cut through to the heart of Izzy in her audition. It was one of those moments where we knew we’d found the right person for the role.” Cella said of Emily.
Insignificant will also bring back some familiar faces to Covered Sun’s latest production.
“We need to have members of the LGBTQ+ community represented better in TV and movies. The beauty of this story is the authenticity. Having a real story told in a way that makes each character relatable no matter your gender, race, sexuality, or age is a beautiful thing and I’m happy to be apart of it!” Actor and Musician Collin Roach said of the upcoming project. Roach will play the character of Anthony Marshall in Insignificant, but is no stranger to working with Cella and his team. Roach starred as Jimmy Gardner in Covered Sun’s Award Winning web series, Talisman. Roach has also appeared in the book trailer for Kate In Waiting by writer Becky Albertalli and in a safe driving ad campaign for the Delaware Office of Highway Safety.
The cast will be anchored by Tricia Sullivan, who plays main character Wes’s mother. Tricia is another familiar face, having turned in an award nominated performance in Talisman as Virginia Silva. Opposite Tricia will be New York actor Paul Forrest Quinn who plays Wes’s father.
Other cast members include Matt Ingemi, Alex Joseph Theis, Evan McCrane, Trish Leney, Jennifer Micofsky, Kylee Ann Agnello, Erica Soder and Jessica Gollin.
“This is by far the largest cast I’ve ever worked with.” Cella stated recently. “Every person on this cast is very talented and very excited to tell this story. Getting to know some and reconnecting with others has been all my pleasure. We think we have a story that people will connect to and relate to and we can’t wait to get to work.”
Insignificant begins production on a pilot episode on August 8, 2021. The Pilot episode was written by the team of Wayne Cella and John Manning & Collin Roach.