Actor Dante Basco leaps to directing with ‘The Fabulous Filipino Brothers’

/ 01:19 AM August 15, 2019

Dante Basco was Rufio in Steven Spielberg’s “Hook.” IMDB

HOLLYWOOD – Dante Basco, who was Rufio in Steven Spielberg‘s “Hook,” will make his directorial debut with “The Fabulous Filipino Brothers.”

Basco wrote the film with brothers Darion and Dionysio. It will be narrated by sister Arianna and star the Basco brothers, including Derek Basco.


The “Fabulous Filipino Brothers” will be the first time Basco and his brothers act together since 2000’s family drama “The Debut.” He will next release his memoir “From Rufio to Zuko” on Nov. 4.

The dark romantic-comedy is set in their hometown of Pittsburg, California, and follows four vignettes about the brothers. One heads to a cockfight, another rekindles an old flame in Manila, another takes on Filipino cuisine, and the last finds unexpected love while trying to heal deep wounds. This all leads to a shotgun backyard wedding at their family house.


Rufio remains Basco’s most widely recognized character, one he played opposite Robin Williams‘ Peter Pan, in the 1991 “Hook.”

He has since voiced Zuko in the popular animated series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” on Nickelodeon and Zuko’s grandson General Iroh in the sequel series “The Legend of Korra.” Basco was also Jai Kell on “Star Wars Rebels.”

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