Debra Messing joins Robert De Niro in Warner Bros Mob’s ‘Wise Guys’ movie Deadline
Primetime Emmy and SAG-winning actress Debra Messing is in preliminary talks to join Warner Bros. mob drama wise guys as Bobbie, the loyal wife of Robert De Niro kingpin Frank Costello, Deadline has learned.
Messing recently starred in Billy Eichner’s critically acclaimed LGBTQ romantic comedy Brothers which received an A CinemaScore.
wise guys is a period piece that follows the story of Vito Genovese and Frank Costello, an Italian-American couple who run two separate crime families in the mid-20th century. Genovese attempted and failed to assassinate Costello in 1957, although the latter ended up walking away from the mob after being injured in the attempt on his life. De Niro would play both roles.
Messing played Grace Adler for 246 episodes in NBC’s Emmy-winning comedy series Will & Grace, which returned to the network in 2017 with the entire original creative team and recently concluded its final season. Messing won a Primetime Emmy for Comedy Series for Lead Actress in 2003 for the role.
The actress appeared in the Broadway hit adaptation 13: The Musical for Netflix. She recently starred in birthday candles on Broadway. She also appeared in independent films The Dark Division against David Cross, as well as Jon Stewart and Plan B’s Irresistible. She also starred in the critically acclaimed indie thriller Research alongside John Cho for director Aneesh Chaganty.
Previously, Messing starred in the NBC series, The Mysteries of Laura and Smash, produced by Steven Spielberg, and in ABC’s remake of dirty dance. In 2014, Messing made his own Broadway debut in John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award-nominated production. Outside Mullingar. Other theater credits include Donald Marguiles’ Pulitzer Prize finalist Stories Collected and Paul Rudnick’s play Off-Broadway The naked truth.
His film credits include Along Came Polly, The Wedding Date, Women, Nothing Like Vacations, Hollywood’s End, Mothman’s Prophecies and Like Sunday like rain.
Messing is replaced by Gersh, 3 Arts, Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher, LLP.