Everyone needs a home-cooked meal once and a while and sometimes you just need to assemble a group of Italian grandmothers to make sure it happens. At least, that’s the basic plot of Nonnas, an original comedy by Stephen Chbosky (Wonder) which will star Vince Vaughn (Freaky)
Per Deadline, Nonnas is based on the true story of “Brooklyn native Joe Scaravella, who, after losing his beloved mother, realizes he’s wasted time as a single man at a dead-end job and yearns for a second chance at life. Motivated by his Italian mother’s love of cooking, but with no culinary experience and dwindling funds, he opens a restaurant unlike any other by hiring the most unlikely team of chefs — one consisting of grandmothers.“
The description continues: “Italian nonnas make their Sunday dinners every day of the week (except Christmas and Easter) for anyone who needs to feel at home. Joe finds a new purpose, community and love interest in the process, and, along with the nonnas, discovers it’s never too late to start again.” Vince Vaughn will star in Nonnas as Joe, with the rest of the cast consisting of Susan Sarandon (Blue Beetle), Lorraine Bracco (Goodfellas), Talia Shire (Megalopolis), Brenda Vaccaro (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Linda Cardellini (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3), Drea De Matteo (The Sopranos), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Michael Rispoli (Power Book III: Raising Kanan), and Campbell Scott (Jurassic World Dominion).
Nonnas actually wrapped up production in New Jersey last month under the direction of Stephen Chbosky from a script by Liz Maccie (Siren). The film doesn’t have a release date yet, but when it does drop, it will be accompanied by a “social impact campaign put on by the production and co-finance company 1Community, which will aim to protect and strengthen ‘the programs that help us age well.’“
Vince Vaughn will next be seen in John Krasinski’s IF, which revolves around a young girl who develops an ability to see other people’s imaginary friends, many of whom have been abandoned by the kids they helped. The film is set for a May 24, 2024 release. Vaughn is also set to return for the long-awaited Dodgeball sequel, which is in early development at 20th Century Studios.