America Ferrera has signed on to star and executive produce a new film from Maya pictures entitled The Dry Land. Ferrera is set to star alongside Ryan O’Nan, Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Ritter and Melissa Leo of Frozen River fame, who was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award last year. The film will tell the story of a young GI who has just returned from the war in Iraq and finds it more difficult than he imagined to readjust.
Ryan O'Nan will be featured as as the troubled vet and Wilmer Valderamma will play his platoon buddy, whom O'Nan seeks out in an attempt to find redemption for the horrible acts they committed while fighting the war. America Ferrera will play O'Nan's wife and Leo will play his mother.
The film is also being produced by Heather Rae, winner of an Independent Spirit Award for Frozen River. Ryan Piers Williams, Ferrera's long-term boyfriend, wrote the script and will be making his directorial debut with the film.