Cusack, O’Donnell Open Kit

HBO Films has assembled a formidable ensemble cast for the Depression-era feature “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery,” which is being released by Picturehouse, HBO’s venture with New Line Cinema.

Joan Cusack, Chris O’Donnell, Julia Ormond and Wallace Shawn are joining Stanley Tucci, Jane Krakowski, Glenne Headly, Max Thieriot, Madison Davenport, Zach Mills and Willow Smith who are already cast in the project says The Hollywood Reporter. “Little Miss Sunshine” star Abigail Breslin plays the title role.

The first theatrical adaptation of the popular American Girl line of dolls, tells the story of Kit Kittredge (Breslin), a clever, resourceful 10-year-old growing up in Cincinnati during the Great Depression who helps her mother (Ormond) run a boardinghouse when her father (O’Donnell) loses his job.

Cusack will play a nurse who moves into the Kittredges’ boardinghouse. Thieriot will play a boy accused of committing robberies, while Shawn will play the editor in chief of the Cincinnati Reporter Register.

Patricia Rozema is set to direct the film from a screenplay by Ann Peacock. Shooting begins Wednesday in Toronto.