Naomi Watts and Frank Grillo have been tapped to star in Once Upon a Time in Staten Island, a coming of age family drama from Blumhouse Productions and Man in a Tree Productions. Bobby Cannavale will also co-star in the film, which Purge helmer James DeMonaco wrote and will direct with production slated to begin later this month.
Lucius Hoyos (Heroes Reborn), Jonah Hauer-King (Little Women, Howards End), River Alexander (The Way Way Back), and Chase Vacnin (The Little Rascals Save the Day) will also co-star in the film, set in the summer of 1982 on Staten Island, New York.
Jason Blum is producing with Sebastien K. Lemercier for Man in a Tree Productions will produce. Watts and Kate Driver will executive produce.