Spider-Man: Homecoming star Marisa Tomei is in talks to join Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken in THE WAR WITH GRANDPA, a comedy set at Dimension Films. Tim Hill (SpongeBob SquarePants) is directing with writing duo Matt Ember and Tom Astle working on the current adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s book.
The movie tells the story of a kid who reluctantly gives up his bedroom to accommodate his grandfather (De Niro), whom he loves but wants out of his room. The boy engages in a series of pranks meant to drive his grandpa out, but the old man is pretty wise to it and retaliates with his own pranks.
If the deal goes through, Tomei will join fellow Oscar-winners De Niro and Walken as well as veteran comedic actor Eugene Levy. Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart, and Rosa Morris-Peart will produce while Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh will serve as executive producers. Marro Films will produce and the movie will be distributed by Dimension.
Tomei, who just wrapped on Sony’s Spider-Man reboot, also has a recurring role on the hit Fox series Empire. She recently appeared in the Oscar-winner The Big Short and is in development with a TV mini-series Ms. in which she’ll play feminist activist Gloria Steinem.
The movie is set to open in theaters on April 21, 2017.
Tomei is repped by CAA.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.