Robin Swicord (The Jane Austen Book Club) wrote the screenplay and is directing the film, based on an E.L. Doctorow short story which was in turn a riff on Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1837 original. The plot finds Cranston as a married lawyer in New York in the midst of a nervous breakdown after his wife discovers he has been having an affair. When he spots a raccoon in the attic of his home, he decides to live up in the cramped space for several months.
This is Swicord's second film as a director following The Jane Austen Book Club (2007). She also wrote the screenplays for Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005) and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008). Garner comes to the LA set of Wakefield almost straight from Barry Sonnenfeld's Nine Lives, which is out in the UK on 27 May. Cranston, meanwhile, will shortly be back on our screens in Trumbo, about the blacklisted writer, which is out here on 5 February.