According to The Hollywood Reporter, Academy Award Winner Brie Larson (Room) and Academy Award Nominee Naomi Watts (Birdman, The Impossible) have joined the cast of Liongate’s The Glass Castle, an adaptation of Jeannette Wall’s memoir. Watts and Woody Harrelson will be playing Larson’s eccentric mother and alcoholic father in the film, set to start shooting this June. Check out the full synopsis from the 2006 memoir.
“Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town—and the family—Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.”
Glass Castle will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (who also directed Larson on Short Term 12) from a screenplay originally written by Marti Noxon and rewrites of the script by Cretton and Andrew Lanham. I will keep you posted on any new information about this project.