“Saturday Night Live” alum Pete Davidson – undoubtedly one of the highlights of the “at home” episodes of the past few weeks – teamed with bankable film-cap Judd Apatow on “The King of Staten Island” (recently announced as going direct-to-digital in the U.S, due to the pandemic; Australian distributor Universal Pictures plans to still release the film theatrically downunder) – which is loosely based on the tattooed funnyman’s life.
Here’s the synopsis :
Scott (Davidson) has been a case of arrested development ever since his firefighter father died when he was seven. He’s now reached his mid-20s having achieved little, chasing a dream of becoming a tattoo artist that seems far out of reach. As his ambitious younger sister (Maude Apatow, HBO’s Euphoria) heads off to college, Scott is still living with his exhausted ER nurse mother (Oscar® winner Marisa Tomei) and spends his days smoking weed, hanging with the guys—Oscar (Ricky Velez, Master of None), Igor (Moises Arias, Five Feet Apart) and Richie (Lou Wilson, TV’s The Guest Book)—and secretly hooking up with his childhood friend Kelsey (Bel Powley, Apple TV+’s The Morning Show).
But when his mother starts dating a loudmouth firefighter named Ray (Bill Burr, Netflix’s F Is for Family), it sets off a chain of events that will force Scott to grapple with his grief and take his first tentative steps toward moving forward in life. The film also stars Steve Buscemi as Papa, a veteran firefighter who takes Scott under his wing, and Pamela Adlon (FX’s Better Things) as Ray’s ex-wife, Gina.
Here’s the trailer – looks like it’ll be a pants-wetter.