Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel are the lead actors. At the 93rd Academy Awards, the film received nominations for Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Sound. In May 2017, Fox 2000 Pictures bought distribution rights to an adaptation of the Paulette Jiles novel with Luke Davies writing the screenplay and Tom Hanks set to star. In August, Helena Zengel, Michael Covino, and Fred Hechinger were added to the cast, and Thomas Francis Murphy joined in September. Pre-production underwent six weeks of preparation in New Mexico, including three weeks training in Kiowa language and customs for newcomer Helena Zengel.