Katie Holmes to Make Her Directorial Debut with All We Had

Katie Holmes to Make Her Directorial Debut with All We Had
Katie Holmes
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09/12/2014 AT 12:30 PM EDT

This time she'll be behind the camera.

Katie Holmes will make her directorial debut – and star in – All We Had, the film adaptation of sculptor and painter Annie Weatherwax's acclaimed debut novel.

Holmes, 35, will play Rita, a mother teetering on the edge of poverty when she and her 13-year-old daughter are kicked out of their California home by an unsympathetic landlord. They head East in their battered Ford Escort, ultimately finding a new place to call home in Fat River, a small town with colorful residents.

Jane Rosenthal, who co-founded New York's Tribeca Film Festival with actor Robert DeNiro, will produce along with Holmes. Josh Boone, who directed The Fault in Our Stars, will write the screenplay.

"I am very excited and honored to be collaborating with Jane and Josh on this project and look so forward to bringing Annie's incredible characters to the screen," Holmes said in a statement.

Holmes optioned the book in July, before its Aug. 5 publication.

"Katie has such a clear vision for the book's irreverent, original mother-daughter relationship. Her passion for the material, along with Josh Boone's ability to tell stories grounded in the comedy and drama of everyday, will truly bring these characters to life," Rosenthal said in the statement.

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