Rafael Casal to Make Directorial Debut With ‘First Sight’ for Lionsgate

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sundholm Magnus/action press/REX/Shutterstock (9763537r) Rafael Casal Press conference for Blindspotting at Langham Hotel, New York, USA - 14 Jul 2018

Blindspotting” remains one of the breakout indie hits from the summer of 2018. The film hummed to life in Oakland, helping launch two potential superstars. The passion project was long a road for Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, who wrote the first drafts of the script over nine years ago. Diggs’ breakout came from his Tony-winning performance  as Layfeyette and Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton” on Broadway. His lifetime friend, Casal steals scene after scene in “Blindspotting,” making him someone to watch in the years to come. Now, the newcomer will spread his wings a little more with “First Sight,” a sci-fi love story for Lionsgate.

According to Deadline, Casal has been selected to direct the film, which will be produced by the “Blindspotting” production team. The story will be a sci-fi romantic comedy, where people fall in love while they sleep. Keith Calder and Jess Calder of Snoot Entertainment will also share production credits with Casal and Diggs. The Calder’s previous work includes some big hits, including the Oscar-nominated “Anomalisa” in 2015. They also oversaw the upcoming Lupita N’yongo film “Little Monsters” from director Abe Forsythe.

It’ll be interesting to see what Casal brings to the table as a director in “First Sight.” As an actor, his style was both raw and high energy. This can often translate well to the director’s chair, especially as he attempts to bring out emotion in some scenes. This does not mean that Casal will give up acting anytime soon though. He was recently added to the upcoming Hugh Jackman film “Bad Education” about a superintendent embezzling school funds. Casal certainly looks like he’s on pace to have a strong career, and this could be the beginning of a lot of interesting projects from the Oakland native.

What do you think of Casal taking the reigns as a director? Do you think the actor/writer can pull off a sci-fi and romantic comedy blend? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!