30WEST announced today that David Harbour (“Stranger Things,” Black Widow) will star in Cooper Raiff’s The Trashers. Raiff, who gained attention with his sophomore debut Cha Cha Real Smooth starring Dakota Johnson which Apple TV+ acquired following its lauded debut in Sundance, will direct from a script by Adam R. Perlman (“Billions”), with current revisions by Raiff. The feature will shoot this Fall.
The Trashers tells the rise and fall of Jimmy Galante (Harbour), a Danbury, Connecticut trash magnate and the purported inspiration for the character of Tony Soprano. In 2004, Galante bought the city’s minor league hockey team and assigned his teenage son to run it. The team gained notoriety for their rough and violent style of play, but also developed a wide fan base as they started to win more and more games. The team’s success and fame all came to an abrupt end with Galante’s arrest on 72 criminal charges.
30WEST will finance the feature. Producers include Tom McNulty of MC2 Entertainment and Andrew Morrison of Yellow Bear Films. Micah Green, Dan Steinman and Dan Friedkin will executive produce for 30WEST alongside Jon Wertheim and Adam R. Perlman. AJ Galante, on whose life-rights the story is based, will serve as an associate producer. Angelo Demo is the casting director.
Harbour is best known for his portrayal of Jim Hopper in the Netflix hit series “Stranger Things,” which has earned two Emmy Award nominations, two Screen Actors Guild nominations and a Screen Actors Guild win, as well as a Critics’ Choice Award. Harbour will next star in We Have a Ghost for Legendary Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ Violent Night. His other recent credits include Black Widow for Marvel Studios/Disney, HBO’s No Sudden Move andNetflix’s Extraction.
Director Cooper Raiff said: “I feel so lucky to be working with David. He’s a magnificent actor and the perfect Jimmy Galante because he’s truly tough and impossibly warm. He’s also the best person and I hope he reads this and knows I want to be friends with him forever.”
Harbour is represented by WME and Peikoff Mahan. Raiff is represented by ICM Partners and Adam Kersh of Fusion Entertainment.
Photo credits: Christopher Sturman, Greg Feiner