“Short Term 12” director Destin Daniel Cretton will helm the film, which tells of a successful young woman who was raised by dysfunctional and nonconformist parents, based on Jeannette Walls’ memoir. Walls’ eccentric mother and alcoholic father would stir the the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.
Her world gets turned upside down when they move to New York to be near her.
Watts will play the eccentric mother. Harrelson came on board “The Glass Castle” in November as the father. The project will begin production in June in Montreal.
Gil Netter is producing. Cretton, who collaborated with Larson in “Short Term 12,” is directing from an adapted script he wrote with Andrew Lanham.
Jennifer Lawrence at one point was set to star in “The Glass Castle.” Larson came on board to star in October.
Watts will be seen next opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Jean-Marc Vallee’s drama “Demolition,” which opens April 8. She stars with Shailene Woodley in “The Divergent Series: Allegiant.”
Watts is repped by CAA, Untitled and Hansen Jacobson. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.