Joan Cusack and Chris O’Donnell have joined HBO Films’ Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery, the Depression-era feature to be released by Picturehouse.
Also cast in the film are young actors Max Thieriot, Madison Davenport, Zach Mills and Willow Smith.
They join Abigail Breslin, Stanley Tucci, Glenne Headly, Jane Krakowski, Julia Ormond, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Wallace Shawn and Josette Halpert in the project.
“Kit Kittredge,” the first theatrical adaptation of the popular American Girl line of dolls, tells the story of Kit Kittredge (Breslin), a clever, resourceful 10-year-old growing up in Cincinnati during the Great Depression who helps her mother (Ormond) run a boardinghouse when her father (O’Donnell) loses his job.
Patricia Rozema is set to direct the film from a screenplay by Ann Peacock. Production is slated to begin Wednesday in Toronto.