Naomi Watts is in talks to join Brie Larson in the drama “The Glass Castle,” which is an adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ memoir of the same name.
Larson’s “Short Term 12” director Destin Daniel Cretton is directing. Cretton wrote the first draft of the script alongside Marti Noxon, but Andrew Lanham is working on the current draft.
Per IMDB, the film follows a young girl who comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.
Woody Harrelson is attached to the project as the children’s father, Rex Walls. Watts would play the role of Rose Mary Walls, the eccentric mother.
Larson, who is fresh off her Best Actress win, will play the leading role of Jeannette Walls. The Academy Award winner has several other projects in the works, including “Kong: Skull Island” and “Basmati Blues,” a musical comedy dealing with genetically modified rice and the issues it poses to local Indian rice farmers. She is also slated to star in the gang drama “Free Fire.”
Watts can currently be seen in “Allegiant” alongside Shailene Woodley. She is currently filming the television series “Twin Peaks,” as well as Colin Trevorrow’s secret project “The Book of Henry” with Larson’s “Room” co-star Jacob Tremblay. She will also appear in “The Bleeder” with longtime partner Liev Schreiber.
“The Glass Castle” is slated to begin filming in Montreal in June. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news.