By Christopher Rosen
August 13, 2015 at 01:55 PM EDT
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Add director to Katie Holmes’ list of skills. The actress, 36, is set to make her debut behind the camera with All We Had, an adaptation of Annie Weatherwax’s novel of the same name. Written by The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone, All We Had focuses on a single mother (Holmes) who struggles to provide for her teenage daughter (played by Lovie Findlay).

“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 every day, will truly bring these characters to life,” producer Jane Rosenthal said in a statement last year when the news was first announced.

While no release date for the film has been set just yet, Holmes is busy with production in New York. And set photos of the actress in character as Rita Carmichael arrived online this week, showing Holmes’ dressed-down look.

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Check out the book’s synopsis, via Simon & Schuster, below.

For thirteen-year-old Ruthie Carmichael and her mother, Rita, life has never been stable. Though Rita works more than one job, the pair teeters on the edge of poverty.

In their battered Ford Escort, they head east in search of a better life. When money runs out and their car breaks down, they find themselves stranded in a small town called Fat River where Rita finally lands a steady job waitressing at Tiny’s, the local diner. With enough money to pay their bills, they rent a house and make their own family: tender-hearted Mel, the owner of the diner; the aging owners of the local hardware store whose livelihoods are dwindling; and Peter Pam, the transgender waitress who becomes Ruthie’s closest friend.

Into this unlikely utopia comes a smooth-talking mortgage broker who entices Rita with a subprime loan. Almost as soon as Rita buys a house their fortunes change. Faced once again with the prospect of homelessness, Rita reverts to survival mode, and the price she pays to keep them out of poverty changes their lives forever.

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