Ellen Burstyn, Hayden Panettiere Join Viola Davis in Courtroom Drama ‘Custody’

The drama written and directed by “Into the Woods” writer James Lapine will also star Catalina Sandino Moreno and Tony Shalhoub

Last Updated: April 30, 2015 @ 9:58 AM

Lucky Monkey Pictures confirmed on Thursday TheWrap’s previous report that Viola Davis and Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno will star in James Lapine’s “Custody,” and announced co-stars including Ellen Burstyn and Hayden Panettiere.

In addition, Tony Shalhoub, Raul Esparza and Dan Fogler have roles in the courtroom drama written and directed by the “Into the Woods” writer, who will begin production later this week in New York City.

The film explores the lives of three New York City women, each from different socio-economic backgrounds whose lives unexpectedly intersect at New York Family Court.

Davis currently appears on the hit ABC drama “How to Get Away with Murder.” She will also play a supporting role in the DC comic adaptation “Suicide Squad.”

Burstyn, who is currently starring on the big screen alongside Blake Lively in “The Age of Adaline,” recently appeared in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster “Interstellar” and is remembered for her critically acclaimed performance as Sara Goldfarb in Darren Aronofsky‘s “Requiem for a Dream.”

Lapine made his feature directorial debut with “Impromptu” in 1991, and has also been nominated for twelve Tony Awards and won three, as well as a Pulitzer Prize for “Sunday In The Park With George.”

“Custody” is presented by Lucky Monkey Pictures, Ju Vee Productions, Mustard & Co and The Greenlight Group.

The film is being produced by Lauren Versel, (“Last Five Years,” “Arbitrage” and “City Island”), Katie Mustard (“Shelter,” “We’ll Never Have Paris”), Lapine and Roy Furman. Executive Producers are Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, Daryl Roth, Sandy Robertson, Gregory P. Shockro, Jeff Elliot and Chad Moore.