Andy Garcia and Ray Romano have signed on for Rob the Mob, a crime-drama that Deadline described as True Romance-esque on Tuesday.
The website noted that the actors would be playing supporting roles in a true story-inspired tale of two lovers, who become caught between the mob and the feds when they stumble upon a list revealing the names of every mafioso in New York City.
In addition to wanting to eliminate the couple for their newfound knowledge the gangsters also want payback because the man and woman have been stealing from several mob-run social clubs throughout the city.
The couple will be played by Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda. Production is already underway with Bill Teitler (What Maisie Knew, The Polar Express) producing and Jonathan Fernandez penning the script.
The Hollywood Reporter noted that an international sales push for the film will be underway during May’s Cannes Film Festival.
Raymond De Felitta will direct, and the material sounds like something of a departure for him.
De Felitta’s most notable credits today are both comedy-dramas. In 2005, he helmed The Thing About My Folks with Paul Reiser and Peter Falk. In 2009, he teamed with Andy Garcia on the similarly themed City Island.
As for Garcia, the actor is no stranger to this type of material. Throughout his career, he’s been on one side or the other of the mob with turns in The Godfather: Part III, The Untouchables, and Hoodlum, to name a few. Next up is the romance Middleton with Vera Farmiga from Bates Motel.
Ray Romano, for the most part, has stayed out of dramatic fare, finding it hard to shake the success of his 1996 sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran for nine seasons. His most recent successes have come doing voice work in the Ice Age films.
However, a recurring role on the show Parenthood has paved a way with the series’ mix of drama and laughs. Of course, it’s still too early to tell how serious the role in Rob the Mob will be.
Will you want to see Rob the Mob when it finally hits theaters or home video? What do you think of the casting decisions of Andy Garcia and Ray Romano?