Lehane (original author of Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River and Shutter Island) served as his own adaptor for The Drop, which marks his first screenwriting credit. The story involves Bob, a lonely Boston barman (Hardy) and ex-criminal trying to go straight, who rescues an abandoned pit bull puppy from a rubbish bin but soon finds himself caught up with the dog's alarming former owner, the Boston mob, a heist gone wrong and at least one murder.
Gandolfini plays Bob's cousin Marv, and Lehane lobbied hard to get him cast. "There are certain guys out there that are exceptionally rare who can completely feel this type of guy in their bones," the author explains. "Gandolfini could speak with a sort of music of the urban experience and do it effortlessly."
"I think we were ready for a new Gandolfini chapter," says Roskam. "He was a little older. And he had the grey hair and the beard. A new Gandolfini was emerging. Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to see more of it. But I am happy that we had this beautiful glimpse."
The Drop is released here on 14 November, and Lehane's short story can be found in the collection Boston Noir, published by Akashic Books.