Sasha Pieterse, Julia Sarah Stone and Austin Abrams, who will play Vernon, have also been lined up for the dark coming-of-age pic about teenage alienation, which is being sold at the European Film Market in Berlin by HanWay.
Brand is set to play a charming, yet unscrupulous TV reporter, Lally, who manipulates the situation, while Anderson will be Vernon’s sweet airhead mother, and Tyson is the ax murderer, Lasalle, who Vernon meets in jail, and who gives him the name “God.”
Herzog, who is shooting “Queen of the Desert” in Morocco, starts lensing “Vernon God Little” in April.
Pic, which will shoot in Mexico and the U.S., is being produced by Katya Eichinger and Stefan Arndt of X-filme. Mexico’s Canana Films, co-founded by Diego Luna, fellow actor Gael Garcia Bernal and producer Pablo Cruz, is aboard as a co-production partner.
Cruz said: “To be able to work with Werner in Mexico and with our partners from X-film and Katja makes our young 10 years as a company worthwhile. The script is fabulous and the cast that will come on this journey are amazing. We could not be happier and more honored.”