Thesp steps into family drama about developmentally disabled boy

Tom Wilkinson is in negotiations to join Alejandro Monteverde’s historical drama “Little Boy,” starring Ben Chaplin, Emily Watson and David Henrie from Los Angeles-based Metanoia Films.

Funded by U.S. and Mexican investors, project is a family drama set in small-town America in the early days of WWII and revolves around an 8-year-old with developmental problems and his teenage brother, played by Henrie. His only friend is his father, and with his departure to war, the troubled boy is forced to confront the cruelty of schoolmates and others.

Pic began an 11-week shoot Monday in Baja California. Metanoia is taking advantage of the state’s new film promotion law that establishes a framework for films to work with the government and local industry.

Wilkinson has recently wrapped on three films: Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” IFC’s “Burke and Hare” and Focus’s “The Debt.” He’d been in early talks to join “The Lone Ranger,” which is now in limbo while Disney sorts out a smaller budget for the Western.

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