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

Mark Ruffalo and Claire Danes were previously attached as Rex and Rose Walls.

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).

Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson both starred in Rampart (2011).

Shree Crooks and Charlie Shotwell have previously starred together in Captain Fantastic (2016), where they played brother and sister.