Mercedes Ruehl has landed a new project…
The 73-year-old part-Puerto Rican Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning actress will star in The Nana Project, a mockumentary-style comedy from actor-director Robin Givens, which is scheduled to go into production in the Atlanta area in January.
Set primarily in Timeless Acres Retirement Home, The Nana Project follows feisty chess master Helen “Nana” Lewis (Ruehl) and her estranged grandsons, Andrew (Gould) and Cody (Peltz). With the support of Nana’s resident friends, the family embarks on a road trip to support her rise to state championships.
Givens’ latest feature was written by Eric Ulloa, Anthony Del Negro and 12-time Tony Award winner Carl Moellenberg. The latter is also producing on behalf of Dominion Pictures alongside Zach O’Brien, Shane O’Brien and Del Negro on behalf of Stargazer Films.
Ruehl earned her Oscar and Golden Globe in 1992 for her supporting turn as Anne in Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King. The actress has also appeared on the film side in Hustlers, Last Action Hero, Lost in Yonkers, Another You, Married to the Mob, Big and Radio Days, among other titles, appearing on the television side in Bull, Power, Frasier and more.