In St. Vincent De Van Nuys, the new dramedy from writer/director Ted Melfi, Bill Murray plays a cantankerous old man who is charged with taking care of a 12-year-old kid and introduces the young child to all kinds of horrible habits and terrible life lessons.
McCarthy, who co-starred with O’Dowd on Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids, would play a hard-working single mother who hands her child over to a cantankerous old man (Murray) to watch over him while she slaves away at her various jobs.
The dramedy is described as a coming-of-age tale about a 12-year-old who watches his parents go through a divorce. During this time he befriends and gets to know his next door neighbor, an elderly man who is a "war veteran whose life mainly consists of drinking, gambling and prostitute." As spend more time together the younger begins to see the elder as a mentor. For a while it was rumored that Jack Nicholson would play the part that Murray is in talks for.