McKenna Grace & Jesse Williams set to star in Spider & Jessie – Deadline

exclusive: Emmy Nominated Actress Makena Grace Starring in Dan Kay’s movie Spider and Jesse.

Pic also stars Tony filter Jesse WilliamsAnd the jojo reginaAnd the Dacre Montgomery (Weird things), Forrest Goodluck (cherry), Fernanda Andrade (moon knight) and Malia Baker (Babysitting club).

Grace plays Spider and Regina as her sister Jesse. Grace and Williams will also serve as executive producers.

The film follows two failed sisters who, after their mother discovers a fatal overdose, are terrified they will be separated by their overburdened foster care system. As such, they hide the body. However, a local police chief, a drug counselor for a mother and her volatile ex-boyfriend, gets closer to uncovering the truth, and the girls must decide how far they’d like to go to keep their secret buried.

Kay directs and writes the script that he developed with Julia Keeler.

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Hungry Bull Productions led by Joseph Restino (Pigand Jeff HoffmanLansky) of Above the Clouds produced and co-financed. Production is underway in Florida.

“I am so grateful to be a part of this important story about addiction and how it affects not only the addict but those around them,” Grace said. “I was aware of how prevalent drug abuse and addiction are, but while doing this movie, I gained a deeper understanding of how big the problem is. Many of our cast and crew have shared their experiences and it’s heartbreaking. Doing so is more than just making a movie, it’s creating and being a part of something. Bigger than ourselves.”

Said Williams: “I am honored to join this amazing production team and Dan Kay’s speeches and direction. Highlighting the common human conditions that lead to and from addiction, it provides an opportunity for us to examine our compassion for those affected today as well as for those suffering from disease in our recent past.”

Kay added, “I’ve been interested in telling stories about addiction and the opioid epidemic for years because, like millions of Americans, I’ve seen for myself how this insidious disease not only destroys the addict’s life, it tears apart the tissue and foundation of the addict’s family. It has forced me—the collateral damage caused. About Addiction — on telling this heartbreaking and vital story about opioid orphans.”

Restino said, “Dan’s vision of Spider and Jesse It is a true testament to his unique voice as a writer/director, and one we can’t wait to give to audiences around the world. Having such an amazing acting, led by McKenna Grace and JoJo Regina, speaks directly to the special nature of the story that Dan created. At Hungry Bull Productions, our focus has always been to work with the best talent and deliver meaningful stories, Spider and Jesse It represents exactly that. We are excited to be working with these wonderful partners on this project at Above the Clouds as well.”

Hoffman said, “When I first read Kai’s strong script, I cried and laughed and my soul was moved by these story-sisters who had to survive after losing their mother to an opiate overdose. Watching this script come to life with such amazing performances, great locations and filming The beautiful cinematography is nothing short of a miracle, and it will greatly raise awareness of this tragic epidemic.”

Grace Receives an Emmy Award for Guest Actress in a Drama Series The Handmaid’s Tale last year, making her the youngest-ever nominee in that category. She starred in the $204 million Sony movie Ghostbusters: The Afterlife. On TV, she’s about to take the lead family friendTrue Crimes Limited Series, opposite Anna Paquin and Jake Lacy. Earlier this month, Grace starred in The return of bad seeds for Lifetime, a feature she also produced and co-wrote with her father. Other notable film roles include starring opposite Viola Davis in the Amazon feature troop zero He was interviewed by Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer in talentedplus $1.1 billion Captain Marvel Like the young Carol Danvers, the Academy Award winner I’m Tonya.

Williams earned a Tony nomination in his Broadway debut in the award-winning revival of The Tony get me out It will then appear on Netflix your place or mine With Reese Witherspoon as well as on his return to Broadway on the newly extended tour of get me out. He spent 12 seasons in his acclaimed role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC series Songs instinct anatomy She has appeared in TV and movies including cabin in the woodsAnd the Little fires everywhereAnd the Brooklyn elite Paramount action/comedy movie secret headquarters With Owen Wilson.

Regina starred at the box office sleeper this summer Where Cordads sings.

also produce Spider and Jesse They are Tony Stoberan, Kai and Dan Sima with EBS Grace, Williams, Russell Gray, Yaniv Hoffman, and Layal Naim. WME Independent represents the rights to the project worldwide.

Grace is represented by CAA and Stewart Brockman. Regina is supported by Paradigm and ESI Network. Williams represents CAA, Entertainment 360 and Granderson Des Rochers. Montgomery with CAA and Sloane Offer Weber & Dern. Goodluck with Gersh and Artists First. Baker with Entertainment 360. Andrade with Buchwald and Entertainment 360. Kay is represented by Myman Greenspan, APA, and Circle of Confusion.

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