The busy Octavia Spencer and Danny Glover have both booked roles in the film adaptation of the YA novel The Great Gilly Hopkins, written by author Katherine Paterson, which will star relative newcomer Sophie Nelisse, in a tale about a wisecracking 12-year old who is moved repeatedly from foster home to foster home, outwitting them all, until she meets her match in Maime Trotter (who will be played by Kathy Bates).
Spencer, Glover, Bates and Nelisse will be joined in the film's cast by Glenn Close, with Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland's Opus, The Mighty Ducks) directing.
The project is being packaged and presented at the European Film Market in Berlin (which kicks off this week), with an April 9 shoot start date.
Picturehouse has USA rights, with Paterson co-producing, William Kay and Peyton Kay, exec producing.
Author Paterson also saw another novel she wrote, Bridge to Terabithia, adapted to film in a 2007 Disney production.
No word on what roles exactly Octavia Spencer and Danny Glover have signed up to play.
Spencer enters 2014 with Fruitvale Station in her recent past, and with roles in Joon-ho Bong's upcoming post-apocalyptic thriller Snowpiecer, as well as the James Brown biopic starring Chadwick Boseman.
Glover can currently be seen in Flora Gomes' Children's Republic, which is traveling the film festival circuit; coming up, he'll appear in Gina Prince-Bythewood's next feature, Blackbird, and joins Danny Trejo in a sequel to the 2012 comical action movie Bad Ass.