Infinity Media is in the early stages of adapting Tawni O’Dell’s best selling book Back Roads and has hired Adrain Lyne (Loilita, Jacob’s Ladder) to pen the script and direct the film version with a cast that includes Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, and the upcoming Spider-Man), Jennifer Garner (13 Going on 30) and Marica Gay Harden (Into the Wild), reports Variety.Oprah Winfrey included the book into her famous Book Club selection and it is described as follows.
Harley Altmyer should be in college drinking Rolling Rock and chasing girls. He should be freed from his closed-minded, stricken coal town, with its lack of jobs and no sense of humor. Instead, he’s constantly reminded of just how messed up his life is.
With his mother in jail for killing his abusive father, Harley is an orphan with the responsibilities of an adult and the fiery, aggressive libido of a teenager. Just nineteen years old, he’s marooned in the Pennsylvania backwoods caring for his three younger sisters, whose feelings about him range from stifling dependence to loathing. And once he develops an obsession with the sexy, melancholic mother of two living down the road, those Victoria’s Secret catalogs just won’t do the trick anymore. He wants Callie Mercer so badly he fears he will explode. But it’s the family secrets, the lies, and the unspoken truths that light the fuse and erupt into a series of staggering surprises, leaving what’s left of his family in tatters. Through every ordeal, the unforgettable Harley could never know that his endearing humor, his love for his sisters, and his bumbling heroics would redeem them all.
Garfield will play the role of Harley, Garner as Callie and Harden as Harley’s therapist. Filming is set to begin in June.