"The Gateway" stars Shea Whigham as a social worker who struggles to take care of himself but can take care of others. Olivia Munn plays his hardworking, single-mom client, whose life is turned upside down when her ex-husband is released early from prison. The film also stars Frank Grillo, two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern and Taryn Manning.

Five things to know:

  1. The film delves into issues regarding community, racial harmony, drug trafficking and families in crisis.
  2. Director Michele Civetta explains, “I called the film 'The Gateway' because it takes place in St. Louis. St. Louis is known as 'The Gateway City,' more because of the archway and from a throwback to its industrial era. It was always the gateway between the East and the West. For me, it became a symbol, a metaphor, for the story in itself. Now, it’s a gateway for drug trafficking and rampant crime.”
  3. Shea Whigham is currently in back-to-back production on Christopher McQuarrie’s "Mission: Impossible 7" and "Mission: Impossible 8," opposite Tom Cruise. The M:I films also star Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Vanessa Kirby. The films are slated for release in 2022 and 2023, respectively.
  4. Olivia Munn is an Oklahoma native who spent the majority of her childhood in Tokyo, Japan and speaks fluent Japanese. She attended the University of Oklahoma after moving back to the U.S. and relocated to Los Angeles. Her film roles include "Date Night," "Iron Man 2," "The Babymakers," "Magic Mike," "Ride Along 2," "Deliver Us From Evil" and "X-Men: The Apocalypse." Munn’s first book, "Suck it, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek," released in 2010, debuted on The New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestsellers lists.
  5. As an actor and producer, Frank Grillo’s hit movies and television series include "The Purge: Anarchy," "The Purge: Election Year," "Captain America: Civil War," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Wheelman, Wolf Warrior 2," and "Avengers: Endgame." Grillo can be seen as the lead in Joe Carnahan’s "Boss Level," costarring Mel Gibson and Naomi Watts, which he produced with Carnahan through their production company WarParty Films. He can also be seen as a recurring character in Season 5 of "Billions."