LOS ANGELES (April 14, 2015) – Actress KAITLIN DOUBLEDAY (Empire) joins director JOHN ASHER’s dramatic feature, PO. Doubleday will star opposite Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) in the story about a recently widowed man who must learn to cope with becoming a single father to his nine-year-old autistic son.

PO will begin shooting in April during Autism Awareness month, something Asher is well aware of as the parent of an autistic child. 

The cast also includes Bryan Batt (Mad Men), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Andrew Bowen (Conjurer), and previously announced up-and-comer Julian Feder (Weiner Dog franchise) in the title role as Po. 

The film is produced by Rod Hamilton, under his Commonwealth Film Manufacturing banner, and Asher. The original script was penned by Colin Goldman, from a story that Goldman and Steve C. Roberts developed.

Kaitlin Doubleday proved the breakout star of the season starring as Rhonda Lyon in FOX’s new smash hit, EMPIRE. Audiences remember Doubleday for her roles in the feature films CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, WAITING, THE TV SET and ACCEPTED. She also appeared in numerous network television shows including CAVEMEN, CSI: MIAMI, CRIMINAL MINDS, THE CLOSER, DROP DEAD DIVA and a recurring role in HBO’s comedy HUNG.

The film marks the second family drama for writer/director John Asher, who recently earned numerous awards for his groundbreaking first ever ‘one-shot’ feature length comedy, SOMEBODY MARRY ME. Asher’s directing credits also include the crime-thriller KOUNTERFEIT, starring 2-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank; the Miramax comedy DIAMONDS, starring Kirk Douglas, Dan Aykroyd, and Lauren Bacall; and the indie comedy CHICK FLICK. On the small screen, Asher was a full-time director on the WB’s ONE TREE HILL and Showtime’s GOING TO CALIFORNIA. Coming this May, Asher unveils TOOKEN, a comedy spoof of the popular "Taken" franchise, starring Lee Tergesen with cameos from Ethan Suplee, Donnie Wahlberg, Lukas Haas and Reno Wilson among others.

Kaitlin Doubleday is represented by Paradigm and MPG Management.

John Asher is repped by Peter Principato of Principato-Young Entertainment.