Word is out that the big screen adaptation of Joy Nicholson's popular YA novel The Tribes of Palos Verdes will star Jennifer Garner along with promising newcomers Tye Sheridan (Mud) and Maika Monroe, whose recent film credits include the Josh Brolin thriller Labor Day. It has been confirmed that Garner will join the cast; Monroe and Sheridan are reportedly in final negotiations.
Set in the wealthy and picturesque beach community of Palos Verdes, California, the story centers on teenage siblings Medina (Monroe) and Jim (Sheridan), who move with their parents to the idyllic town from their previous home in Michigan. Their migration to the West Coast leads to more than a change in climate. The kids' mother (Garner) is pushed to the edge of a nervous breakdown while their father becomes the surgeon of choice for a number of Hollywood celebrities. Drama in the family takes a toll on the two adolescents. Medina finds an outlet for her stress in surfing.
The screenplay was written by Karen Croner, whose recent work includes the 2013 comedy feature Admission. Filmmaker D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) is set to direct the movie.
The Tribes of Palos Verdes is expected to begin filming in February.
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