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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.”

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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.

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