Bobby Cannavale & Robert De Niro To Star In Comedy-Drama ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

Bobby Cannavale has signed on to star in Inappropriate Behavior, a comedy drama from director Tony Goldwyn that will also see Robert De Niro play a major supporting role. Tony Spiridakis has penned the script.

Cannavale will play an erstwhile late-night comedy writer named Max Brandel who blows up his successful career and marriage to become a somewhat less successful stand-up comic.

Moving in with his father Stan, a gifted but eccentric chef turned doorman, and at loggerheads with his ex-wife and her new partner over how to deal with their 9-year-old son’s Asperger’s, Max decides that the solution is to kidnap Ezra and take him on a trek across the country.

Spiridakis was inspired by his connection with his own son, who is neurodiverse, to write the feature about a unique father-son relationship. Goldwyn will also produce the film alongside Spiridakis, Howard Rosenman and Lois Robbins. The producers said in a statement:

“The development of this film has been a deeply personal journey. We are so proud to bring Tony’s hilarious and emotional screenplay to life and have embarked on a search for a brilliant young actor on the Autism spectrum to play Ezra.”

Mister Smith Entertainment will launch international sales this week. Mister Smith Entertainment’s David Garrett added: “This is a very poignant and joyous story written by someone whose characters give neurodiversity both agency and a voice – and a very funny one at that.”

Cannavale was most recently seen as part of the main cast of Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers, which was recently renewed for a second season. He’ll next be seen playing Joe DiMaggio in Andrew Dominik‘s adaptation of Joyce Carol OatesMarilyn Monroe novel, Blonde.

De Niro has a bunch of interesting films in post-production, including Martin Scorsese‘s Killers Of The Flower Moon, David O. Russell‘s Amsterdam, and Randall Emmett‘s Wash Me In The River. He’s also currently filming another comedy movie – Laura Terruso‘s About My Father.


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