Joe Morton, Daniella Alonso and John Fiore have boarded the indie feature The Mulberry Tree, which will be directed by U.K. helmer Mark Heller.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Louis Crugnali wrote the script and also stars in the drama about a Italian-American family based on his experiences growing up near Providence, R.I., and working in the state corrections system.

The script chronicles the meeting of Mickey Crugnali and Sam Morton, a convicted murderer dying of AIDS whose remaining days on "hospital detail" give him the opportunity for redemption through conversations with the young man about his own family issues.

Alonso (Friday Night Lights) plays Morton's long-lost daughter who strikes up a friendship with Mickey, and TV vet Fiore (Brotherhood) plays Mickey's father.

The Mulberry Tree is shooting in Providence.