Three actors are now attached to The Tribes of Palos Verdes, an adaptation of the book of the same name written by Joy Nicholson, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Along with Jennifer Garner, actors Maika Monroe (The Guest) and Tye Sheridan (Joe) are in negotiations to join the YA book’s film about a family who moves from Michigan to the affluent California town of Palos Verdes.
Nicholson’s 1998 debut novel is sure to attract audiences interested in coming-of-age stories without all the trappings of science fiction and special effects, allowing these actors to really dig into the character development. Garner is set to play the mother of Monroe and Sheridan’s characters, who is on the verge of a nervous breakdown throughout the movie, while her husband gains a more and more lucrative career as surgeon to the stars. Monroe’s character Medina, and Sheridan’s character Jim, play brother and sister who are dropped into the California scene. Medina seeks refuge in surfing from her family’s dysfunction.
D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) is directing the film and Karen Croner (One True Thing) wrote the screenplay. The adaptation is now owned by Relativity’s new YA-focused department called R2 (read as R squared). The smaller scale and more intimate focus of the story make The Tribes of Palos Verdes stand out in comparison to the other YA films it will be surrounded by, including the final installment of The Hunger Games movies, the last two installments of the Divergent series, as well as other YA/dystopian book-turned-films, including The Maze Runner’s sequel and the adaptation also currently in production for The Fifth Wave.
The movie is set to start production in February 2015 after all the contracts have been settled.