Naomi Watts and Frank Grillo cast in ‘Once Upon a Time in Staten Island’

Actress Naomi Watts attends the premiere of ‘Ophelia’ during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Centre Theatre in Park City, Utah January 22, 2018. — AFP pic
Actress Naomi Watts attends the premiere of ‘Ophelia’ during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Centre Theatre in Park City, Utah January 22, 2018. — AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, May 17 — Horror writer James DeMonaco is helming Once Upon a Time in Staten Island, produced through Blumhouse Pictures and with Naomi Watts and Frank Grillo already on board.

Despite the pedigree of both writer-director DeMonaco and production company Blumhouse Pictures, Once Upon a Time in State Island is somehow not a horror project — at least, not according to the pitch received by The Hollywood Reporter.

Instead, it is a drama set in 1982, and more specifically around the time of the release of boxing drama Rocky III, following “an average teen who embarks on a quest [...] that swirls in his family members.”

Watts of The Ring remake, Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks has been named to the cast.

Grillo co-starred in The Purge: Election Year and appeared in American Nightmare 2, both of which were likewise written and directed by DeMonaco.

He was also involved in two Captain America films and co-starred in China’s highest grossing movie to date, Wolf Warrior 2.

The pair play the main character’s parents.

Also cast is Bobby Cannavale of Ant-Man, Mr. Robot season 3, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Lucius Hoyos of Heroes Reborn, Jonah Hauer-King of 2017’s Little Women adaptation, River Alexander from The Way Way Back and Chase Vacnin of The Little Rascals Save the Day. — AFP-Relaxnews

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