Jennifer Lawrence was attached to star and produce the movie for a long period of time but dropped out. Brie Larson was cast in the lead role after Lawrence dropped out.
Based on a true story about a family on the run from the government, often hiding in small towns, living in poverty
In 2007, Jeannette Walls announced the film was in development and looking for a director.
Brie Larson's second collaboration with director Destin Daniel Cretton. She previously starred in his feature Short Term 12 (2013).
Brie Larson and Naomi Watts have both appeared in King Kong-related films. Brie Larson in Kong: Skull Island (2017), and Naomi Watts in Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005).