Hold off on the mazel tovs: The photo above is just a rehearsal wedding, one of five that dutiful Adam Lipschitz (Joel David Moore) and his overbearing fiancée (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) have in Jewtopia. Based on the Off-Broadway comedy hit, the movie (premiering April 26 at the Newport Beach Film Festival) follows the romantic exploits of Adam and his non-Jewish pal Christian (Ivan Sergei), who asks his buddy for help to woo the Jewish girl of his dreams (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Making matters tougher are their loving and meddling family and friends, played by a host of stars, including Rita Wilson, Tom Arnold, Jon Lovitz, Peter Stormare, Camryn Manheim, and Wendie Malick.
“Almost every person that I envisioned for these roles is actually playing the part in the film,” says director Bryan Fogel, who co-wrote the screenplay and the original stage play with Sam Wolfson. “We went to Rita Wilson first. She said ‘I think this film has the potential to be a new [My Big Fat] Greek Wedding” — the 2002 smash that Wilson produced with husband Tom Hanks. In that film, “you didn’t have to be Greek to think, ‘That’s my family,'” says Fogel. “Jewtopia is universal like that, too.”
(Pictured above, from left to right: Jon Lovitz, Rachel G. Fox, Rita Wilson, Joel David Moore, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Camryn Manheim, and Tom Arnold)