Steve Buscemi has joined the cast of Universal’s upcoming untitled comedy directed by Judd Apatow, reports Variety. Buscemi will be seen alongside Pete Davidson, Kevin Corrigan, Domenick Lombardozzi, and Mike Vecchione in the movie. Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Bel Powley, Maude Apatow, and Pamela Adlon round out the cast. Apatow will direct the movie from a script he co-wrote with Davidson and Dave Sirus.
Billed as a coming-of-age story, the movie is set in Davidson’s home town of Staten Island. The plot reportedly incorporates some of the real-life events from Davidson’s childhood and adolescent days. Both Davidson and Apatow are tight-lipped about more details of the plot and characters.
Apatow will produce the comedy under his home banner Apatow Productions along with Barry Mendel. Erik Baiers will oversee the production on behalf of Universal. The movie is expected to showcase a dramatized version of Davidson’s life events including the loss of his father, who was a firefighter, in 2001. The comedian is known for his long-fought battles with depression during his early days of career.
Apart from filming, Davidson, who is the local boy of Staten Island, is also set to perform for a cause in the town. Along with Apatow and comedian Bill Burr, Davidson will reportedly perform for ‘Friends of Firefighters,’ a nonprofit organization in this summer.
Apatow’s last project was the HBO documentary ‘The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.’ The two-part film explores the life and career of comedian Garry Shandling. Apatow digs deep into Shandling’s four-decade career and surfaces with interviews, newspaper reports, vignettes, and personal journals to draw a kaleidoscope picture of the legacy of the comedian.
Davidson’s upcoming movies include the crime-comedy ‘Going Places,’ written and directed by John Turturro. The movie is touted as a remake of the 1974 French comedy of the same name and a spin-off to the 1998 Coen Brothers classic ‘The Big Lebowski.’ While Turturro reprises his character from the Coen brothers movie, Jesus Quintana, Davidson plays the role of Jack.
Steve Buscemi was last seen in the zombie horror-comedy ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ directed Jim Jarmusch. The movie is a comedic take on a zombie outbreak in a sleepy town and a group of its inhabitants’ hilarious efforts to defend the flesh-eating walking dead. Buscemi plays the character of a grumpy farmer named Miller in the movie. ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ earned positive reviews after its theatrical release on June 14, 2019.
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