The adaptation of Mason Deaver’s YA novel I Wish You All the Best (IWYATB) has officially set its first cast member! Deadline revealed that Alexandra Daddario (The White Lotus) is set to star in the upcoming movie. According to Deaver, Daddario will play Hannah.
IWYATB centers on non-binary teen Benjamin De Backer. After being rejected and kicked out of the house by their parents, Ben goes to live with their estranged sister Hannah and her husband Thomas. Though Ben is in a better home environment, they struggle to cope with anxiety that’s exacerbated by the rejection. As such, Ben tries to keep a low profile at school. But when they meet Nathan, things begin to change for the better as the two become closer.
The book first released in 2019 and has since been a beacon for readers who identified with Ben. It was named one of the best 2019 books by publications like Autostraddle, Book Riot, and more, with additional praise from NPR and more. The following year, Deaver released a novella titled I’ll Be Home for Christmas set after the events of IWYATB.
IWYATB is written, directed, and produced by Tommy Dorfman (Thirteen Reasons Why). The movie will mark both her feature writing and directorial debuts. ACE Entertainment’s Matt Kaplan will produce, with Aubrey Bendix and Braden Bochner overseeing the project for the studio. James Harris executive produces for TeaShop Films.
There’s currently no projected release date. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.