If there’s any filmmaker that can pull up-and-coming comedic actors into the spotlight, it’s Judd Apatow, even if it means making them the ruler of where New York’s garbage goes to die, Staten Island.
It’s been announced that the Apatow-directed comedy THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND, starring Saturday Night Live‘s Pete Davidson, will premiere On Demand this June 12.
Based on a script by Apatow, Davidson and former SNL writer Dave Sirus, THE KIND OF STATEN ISLAND promises to bring a story of love, loss and laughter to the southernmost tip of New York City’s five boroughs. Apatow will produce via his Apatow Productions alongside Barry Mendel.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND:
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.
In addition to the aforementioned stars, the film also features 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.
You can check out the brand-new poster for THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND below: