EXCLUSIVE: Ray Romano has set an April 19 start date in New York City for an untitled comedy he will direct and star alongside Laurie Metcalf (The Conners). Romano wrote the screenplay with Mark Stegemann.
Leo (Romano) and Angela (Metcalf) Russo live a simple blue-collar life in Queens, surrounded by the great personalities of their dominant Italian-American family. When their gangly son, “ Sticks, ” finds success on his high school basketball team and has a chance to live beyond what tradition expects, Leo tears the family apart trying to make it happen.
The film is produced by Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, partners of Bonafide Productions, and the casting directors are Douglas Aibel and Stephanie Holbrook.
Romano, who plays in Made for love and go Bad Education and Irish, is taken over by ICM Partners and managed by The Conversation Company; Metcalf is WME.