Piazza, Arquette, Imperioli join ‘Wannabe’

Writer-director Nick Sandow's story is set in early 1990s New York

A trio of TV veterans are coming together for a new indie pic, as Vincent Piazza (“Boardwalk Empire”), Patricia Arquette (“Medium”) and Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) are set to star in “The Wannabe” for writer-director Nick Sandow.

Lizzie Nastro (“Bluebird”) is producing with Mike Gasparro of TMT Entertainment.

Set in New York City during the early 1990s, story finds Piazza playing a neighborhood outcast who longs to live the mob lifestyle and Arquette playing a neighborhood fixture who thirsts for something more. Together, they find love and set off together on a ride worthy of mob lore.

In a change of pace from the gangster lifestyle he enjoyed on “The Sopranos,” Imperioli will co-star as a hard-working family man who is Piazza’s brother.

Piazza, who plays Lucky Luciano on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” previously appeared in “Stephanie Daley,” “Rocket Science” and “Assassination of a High School President.”

Arquette recently co-starred alongside Eva Mendes and Matthew Modine in Patricia Riggen’s indie “Girl in Progress.”

Imperioli, who co-starred in Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” recently wrapped a trio of pics including Brad Anderson’s “The Hive,” Henry Jaglom’s “The M Word” and the indie thriller “The Scribbler.”

A veteran thesp who recently appeared on CBS’ “Blue Bloods” and in the Jonah Hill pic “The Sitter,” Sandow previously directed the gambling pic “Ponies,” starring Kevin Corrigan.

The Gersh Agency reps Piazza and Arquette, who are respectively managed by Untitled Entertainment and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Imperioli is repped by UTA and TMT Entertainment, which also reps Sandow along with Stone Manners Salners Agency.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Our Mothers Review

    Oscars: Belgium Sends Cannes Prizewinner 'Our Mothers' to International Feature Film Race

    Belgian-Guatemalan director Cesar Diaz’s feature debut, “Our Mothers,” will represent Belgium in the International Feature Film category at the Oscars. Represented in international markets by Pyramide, “Our Mothers” world premiered at Cannes’ Critics Week and won the Golden Camera for best first film. “Our Mothers” is set in today’s Guatemala, a country riveted by the [...]

  • La vaca "The Cow"

    Alfredo Castro, Mia Maestro, Leonor Varela Cast in Francisca Alegria’s Debut (EXCLUSIVE)

    SANTIAGO, Chile  —  The much anticipated feature debut of Chilean Francisca Alegria, renowned for her magical short “And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye,” has firmed up its cast and shooting dates. Argentine thesp Mia Maestro (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”), Chile’s Leonor Varela (“Dallas,” “Blade 2”), Alfredo Castro (“From Afar,” “Museum”) [...]

  • 210819 Distribusjonsseminar DNF

    Haugesund: Nordic Distribution Panel Analyzes Recent Success Story 'Queen of Hearts'

    HAUGESUND, Norway  —  On Wednesday morning, shortly before this year’s New Nordic Films Works in Progress screening was due to begin, a handful of industry veterans sat for a panel that picked up right where last year’s WIP program left off. Presented in collaboration with Europa Distribution, the panel – called “The Value Chain: A [...]

  • L-R Dena Kaplan, Ronny Chieng, Josh

    Rafe Spall Leads Cast of Oscar Nominated Josh Lawson's 'Long Story Short'

    Rafe Spall, whose credits include “The Big Short” and “Shaun of the Dead,” leads the cast of romantic comedy “Long Story Short.” Studiocanal will handle worldwide sales on the film, which starts to shoot on Monday in Sydney, Australia. The movie is written and directed by Josh Lawson, who was Oscar nominated last year for [...]

  • Metro 2033

    Cult Sci-Fi Novel 'Metro 2033' to Be Adapted as Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

    Russia’s TNT-Premier Studios Company, TV-3 Channel and Central Partnership Film Company – all part of Gazprom Media – have come together to produce a movie based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s sci-fi novel “Metro 2033,” which has also been adapted as a video game. Filming is due to start next year. The Russian premiere of the movie [...]

  • Beforeigners

    'Beforeigners'' Anne Bjornstad on HBO's First Norwegian Original Series

    HAUGESUND, Norway  —  HBO Europe’s first Norwegian original series, which debuted Aug. 21 exclusively across HBO’s territories, has garnered rave reviews in the Norwegian press. It is also a perfect fit for HBO’s brand and goal to create bold, smart and author-driven shows. Produced by Endemol Shine’s Norwegian prodco Rubicon TV, “Beforeigners” is helmed by [...]

  • Refugees from the besieged Muslim enclave

    Sarajevo’s True Stories Market: Documenting the Atrocities of War

    Reconciliation and dealing with the tragedies of the Yugoslav Wars has been a major focus of the Sarajevo Film Festival and its CineLink Industry Days event in recent years. The True Stories Market, launched in 2016, aims to connect filmmakers with organizations that are researching and documenting the Yugoslav Wars that spanned 1991 to 2001 [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content