Opening March 21st, Rob the Mob is a heartbreaking crime-thriller inspired by the true story of Tommy (Michael Pitt) and Rosie (Nina Arianda) Uva, two small-time crooks from Queens whose crazy-passionate love for one another fueled their audacious heists of Mafia social clubs in the 1990s and led to a startling discovery. The film directed by Raymond De Felitta from a screenplay by Jonathan Fernandez boasts an impressive cast that also includes Andy Garcia (who also produces), Ray Romano, Griffin Dunne, Cathy Moriarty, Michael Rispoli, Val Vazquez, Frank Whaley and Burt Young.
At the film’s recent press day, Garcia, De Felitta, Romano, Fernandez and composer Stephen Endelman spoke about how the project emerged, why Fernandez’s well written script and De Felitta’s directing style helped attract an incredible cast, how the actors approached their characters and brought the fascinating story to life, De Felitta’s unique collaboration with Endelman on the film’s score during post production, and how Garcia created genuine moments on screen with Luke Fava, the young actor who played his grandson. Romano also discussed his Italian heritage and his pride in its traditions and values. Check out the interview after the jump.
We here at Collider are debuting an exclusive clip from director Raymond De Felitta’s upcoming crime drama Rob the Mob. Based on a true story, the film stars Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) and Nina Arianda (Midnight in Paris) as a couple who, while brazenly stealing from mob-run social clubs in New York City, stumble upon something that puts them in grave danger and makes them the target of both the mob and the FBI. The film also stars Ray Romano, Andy Garcia, Michael Rispoli, and Griffin Dunne.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. Rob the Mob opens in theaters on March 21st.
We’ve got a few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Jon Hamm will be lending his voice to one of the lead roles opposite Sandra Bullock in Illumination Entertainment’s spinoff Minions.
- Fresh off her turn in Oblivion, actress Olga Kurylenko has joined the cast of director Mark Waters’ (Mean Girls) YA adaptation Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters.
- Andy Garcia and Ray Romano are joining the cast of the crime drama Rob the Mob.
Hit the jump for more details.
We first heard about Married and Cheating last year, when Sarah Jessica Parker and Marissa Tomei were attached to star. It’s taken a year or so for the rest of the cast to come together, but the project from writer/director Raymond De Felitta (City Island) is finally gaining traction. Variety reports Parker is still on board to star opposite Brendan Fraser, while Kiefer Sutherland and Eva Longoria are in talks to join the cast. The story follows three couples who deal with “infidelity, deceit, and confusion.” There is still room in the three couples for another female lead, but since the report does not mention Tomei, I bet she moved on.
Felitta will shoot Married and Cheating this summer for Magnet Media. This is the first of six $10-$50 million productions financed through a $190 million fund set up by Magnet’s German arm. Michael London, Lauren Versel, and Janice Williams are producing along with Magnet’s Jeannette Buerling and Michelle Ohayon.
It’s been almost fifteen years since Face/Off, and Nicolas Cage and John Travolta are looking at not one but two indie thrillers where they can compete to chew the most scenery. Vulture reports that the actors may re-team on Shrapnel, which is about “a former Bosnian soldier who seeks vengeance against the American who badly wounded him by disguising a deadly war game as a friendly backwoods hunting trip.” I wonder if Cage and Travolta are arguing over who gets to play the Bosnian and put on the most atrocious accent.
Evan Dougherty’s script for Shrapnel was on the 2008 Black List (a list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood) and had John McTiernan attached to direct. However, last October McTiernan was thrown in jail for perjury in the Anthony Pellicano Hollywood wiretap case. He’s currently out on bail and appealing the sentence. Filming on Shrapnel is set to begin in June, but Vulture doesn’t mention if McTiernan is still attached.
Hit the jump to learn about the other project Cage and Travolta are considering.
Marisa Tomei and Sarah Jessica Parker may join the indie comedy Married and Cheating. Written and directed by Raymond De Felitta (City Island), the film is set in New York and Paris and “concerns three married couples struggling to find happiness.” Groundswell and Lauren Versel of Lucky Monkey Pictures are producing. A spokesperson for Groundswell tells Variety that no deals are done because the project is still gathering financing.
Parker is attached to the comedies I Don’t Know How She Does It and the Valentine’s Day pseudo-sequel New Year’s Eve. As for Tomei, she’ll be constant presence in theaters throughout 2011. On Friday she’ll be seen in The Lincoln Lawyer, she co-stars in the upcoming comedies Salvation Boulevard and Crazy, Stupid, Love, and she’s currently filming on George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March, which is due out October 14th.