Ray Romano is joining the cast of Project Artemis, the Apple Original Film about the 1960s space race, Deadline reports. Romano joins previously announced cast mates Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum and Jim Rash. Project Artemis is written by Rose Gilroy and directed by Greg Berlanti, but plot details remain under wraps. Johansson will produce with Jonathan Lia and Keenan Flynn through their These Pictures banner, alongside Berlanti. Chris Evans was originally linked to the project, but Tatum replaced Evans after the actor’s exit due to scheduling conflicts with other projects. No expected release date is currently known.
Romano rose to popularity as Ray Baron in Everybody Loves Raymond. Romano, who earned an Emmy for the role, portrayed the title character for nine seasons beginning in 1996. Romano’s other notable credits include Parenthood, The Big Sick, The Irishman and Epix’s Get Shorty. Through multiple Ice Age films, Romano voiced Manny. He also starred and created TNT’s Men of Certain Age. The Emmy winner made his directorial debut with this year’s Somewhere in Queens. The film, starring Romano and Laurie Metcalfe, premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Romano penned the script alongside Mark Stegemann.
Ray Romano’s Upcoming Projects
In addition to Project Artemis, Romano has other projects for the near future. It was recently announced that Romano and Brad Garrett, who played Robert Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond, would both be appearing in Pete Davidson’s upcoming Peacock series Bupkis. The comedy series is written by Davidson, Dave Sirus and Judah Miller, and will present a fictionalized version of Davidson’s life. Bupkis will also include Edie Falco, Joe Pesci, Charlie Day, Kenan Thompson, Chase Sui Wonders and Simon Rex. While it is known that Falco will play Davidson’s mother and Pesci has been cast in the role of his grandfather, other cast roles have not been announced.
Romano is also set to portray the late basketball coach and commentator Jim Valvano in an upcoming biopic. The film will highlight the late basketball legend’s life until his death on April 28, 1993, following a battle with cancer. Valvano played college basketball until 1967 and later pursued a coaching career. During the 1983 NCAA Championship, Valvano lead the North Carolina State Wolfpack to an unexpected win against expected winners Houston Cougars.
He later became a sports commentator for ABC Sports and ESPN. Valvano is remembered by many for his optimistic spirit, even in the face of illness. He is widely remembered for his speech during the 1993 ESPYs, following his terminal metastatic bone cancer diagnosis, where he encouraged the audience to never give up and laugh every day. Romano will also serve as a producer for the film.