Grant Gustin is the star of one of The CW’s longest-running shows. The Flash first premiered in 2014 and is still going strong today. However, Gustin looks to transition that success to the big screen with his latest venture. As first reported by Deadline, the actor has signed on to play Barry Keenan, the infamous criminal who orchestrated the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra, Jr in 1963.
The upcoming film will be directed by Tony Award-winning actor Joe Mantegna. Mantegna is best known for his roles in Three Amigos and The Godfather Part III. However, the actor has sat in the director’s chair a few times for a few episodes of Criminal Minds as well as 2000’s Lakeboat.
With a screenplay by Bradley Barth and Joseph Nasser, the film will focus on the events of December 1963. Frank Sinatra, Jr. is a struggling singer stuck in his famous father’s shadow. However, fate would bring him face-to-face with Barry Keenan, a failed Wall Street businessman. Keenan, saddled with a litany of personal and financial problems, cooks up a bizarre attempt to kidnap Sinatra, Jr. and hold him for a $240,000 ransom. The kidnapping is short-lived and Keenan is eventually sentenced to life in prison.
This will be the second time this real-life story is adapted to the screen. Previously, David Arquette and William H. Macy starred in the film Stealing Sinatra.
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