Adrian Lyne is set to direct the Pennsylvania-set murder mystery from a screenplay he co-wrote with O’Dell, whose novel was an Oprah’s Book Club selection in March 2000.
Garfield will star as a young man who is forced to care for his three younger sisters after their mother is sent to prison for killing her abusive husband.
Garner will play one of the family’s neighbors who becomes romantically involved with the Garfield character, while Harden will play his court-appointed therapist.
Several high-profile young actresses are being considered to play two of Garfield’s sisters.
Garfield is repped by CAA and Gordon and French. WME and Management 360 rep Garner, while Harden is repped by UTA and Framework Entertainment. ICM reps Lyne and Ken Sherman & Associates reps O’Dell along with Liza Dawson Associates.