The trailer has arrived for The King of Staten Island, the Pete Davidson-starring new film from filmmaker Judd Apatow (The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up).
Based on Davidson’s own life, the film has the comedian playing a mid-twenties guy with aspirations of being a professional tattoo artist, but who spends most of his time smoking weed and hanging out with boys. There’s also the fact that he is still affected by the loss of his father, who died when he was seven (Davidson’s real-life father was a fireman and died during the World Trade Center attack).
Davidson co-wrote the film with Apatow and SNL writer Dave Sirus, and by the looks of the trailer below, they may be working that winning balance of laughs and character study that made Apatow films like Funny People and Trainwreck hits. Davidson looks to be pretty comfortable in a lead role here (even if he is essentially playing himself), so we’ll see if it leads to more film roles for him in future. Looking forward to this one.
The King of Staten Island, which also stars Bill Burr and Marisa Tomei, was removed from a theatrical release in the U.S. amidst the pandemic rescheduling and lined up for a VOD release on June 12th. No Australian release date has been announced as yet.
Official 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. 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.