Ben Foster to Star in 'My Abandonment' from 'Winter's Bone' Director Debra Granik

Associated Press
Ben Foster

The story centers on a father and daughter who are found living in a temperate rainforest abutting Portland, Ore.

Hell or High Water actor Ben Foster will star in My Abandonment, to be helmed by Winter's Bone director Debra Granik.

Newcomer Thomasin McKenzie (The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies) also will star in the project, which will be co-financed and executive produced by Bron Creative and First Look Media.

Granik and Anne Rosellini wrote the script based on Peter Rock’s novel of the same name. The film tells the story of 13-year-old Caroline (McKenzie) and her father, Will (Foster), who are found living in Forest Park, a temperate rainforest abutting Portland, Ore. When authorities pluck them from their hidden world, where they lived peacefully and practically, Caroline and Will must embark on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.

Anne Harrison (The Danish Girl, Two Family House) is producing through her Harrison Productions along with Linda Reisman (The Danish Girl, Affliction) through her Reisman Productions and Anne Rosellini (Winter’s Bone and Down to the Bone) through Still Rolling Productions. The executive producers are Bron Creative’s Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth and Andy Pollack (Fences, The Birth of a Nation, I Saw the Light), and First Look Media’s Michael Bloom and Adam Pincus (Spotlight).

WME Global brokered the deal and will represent the film for North America.

Foster was recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as well as a Critic’s Choice Award for his work in David McKenzie’s Academy-nominated Hell Or High Water. In 2016, he starred as Stanley Kowalski in the Young Vic's production of A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Gillian Anderson at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn. He will be seen next in Hostiles, reuniting him with his 3:10 To Yuma co-star Christina Bale. He is repped by UTA.

McKenzie played “Astrid” in The Hobbit — Battle Of The Five Armies. She played Louise Nicholas in the TV drama Consent when she was 13 and appeared as the central character of Pixie Hannah in the long-running daytime drama, Shortland Street. McKenzie is represented by CESD, Untitled and Gail Cowan Management.

Jackie Eckhouse of Sloss Eckhouse Law Co represented Harrison and Reisman in the deal. Josh Sandler of Gray Krause Stratford Sandler Des Rochers represented Granik and Rosellini.