Paul Dano is set to direct his first feature film, an adaptation of Richard Ford’s 1990 coming-of-age novel Wildlife, from a script he co-wrote with actress Zoe Kazan, EW can confirm.
The independent drama follows a teenage boy who witnesses the unraveling of his parents’ marriage in 1960s Montana.
While casting details have not been announced, Variety reports neither Dano nor Kazan are expected to act in the film. The pair previously starred together in the 2012 independent romance Ruby Sparks, which Kazan also wrote.
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Dano is currently filming Joon-ho Bong’s Okja alongside Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal. Most recently, he starred opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the Sundance award-winning film Swiss Army Man, and has appeared in critically-acclaimed films like 12 Years a Slave, Looper, and There Will Be Blood.
Wildlife is being produced by Alex Saks for June Pictures, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, and Dano. Kazan will executive-produce. Moverman, screenwriter of last year’s Brian Williams biopic Love & Mercy, was previously nominated for an Oscar for writing the screenplay for 2009’s The Messenger, while Ruark produced the sci-fi drama Equals, starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.
A release date for Wildlife has yet to be confirmed.