Katie Holmes Barely Recognizable As She Stars In and Directs 'All We Had'

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Katie Holmes will make her directorial debut and star in a film based on a book by author Annie Weatherwax. All We Had is about single mom Rita Carmichael and her 13-year-old daughter Ruthie. The adaptation is written by Josh Boone, who directed The Fault in Our Stars.

Early glimpses at filming in New York City will find fans barely recognizing Katie Holmes. Dressed in a short, skin-tight acid washed denim dress, Katie Holmes as Rita is rough around the edges. Daughter Ruthie, for whom Rita barely manages to provide the bare necessities, is anything but naive, and is played by Lovie Findlay.

Producer Jane Rosenthal talked about Katie Holmes both directing the film and playing the leading role when word of its production was first announced back in 2014.

“Katie has such a clear vision for the book’s irreverent, original mother-daughter relationship. Her passion for the material, along with Josh Boone’s ability to tell stories grounded in the comedy and drama of every day, will truly bring these characters to life,” Rosenthal said.

The synopsis of All We Had (the book) reads as follows.

For thirteen-year-old Ruthie Carmichael and her mother, Rita, life has never been stable. Though Rita works more than one job, the pair teeters on the edge of poverty.

In their battered Ford Escort, they head east in search of a better life. When money runs out and their car breaks down, they find themselves stranded in a small town called Fat River where Rita finally lands a steady job waitressing at Tiny’s, the local diner. With enough money to pay their bills, they rent a house and make their own family: tender-hearted Mel, the owner of the diner; the aging owners of the local hardware store whose livelihoods are dwindling; and Peter Pam, the transgender waitress who becomes Ruthie’s closest friend.

Into this unlikely utopia comes a smooth-talking mortgage broker who entices Rita with a subprime loan. Almost as soon as Rita buys a house their fortunes change. Faced once again with the prospect of homelessness, Rita reverts to survival mode, and the price she pays to keep them out of poverty changes their lives forever.

Katie Holmes is busy with both acting and directing All We Had in New York--where she conveniently lives with daughter Suri Cruise--her daughter with ex-husband Tom Cruise. This no doubt makes it much easier for Holmes to take on the dual roles.

No release date has yet been announced for the film. The first photos of Katie Holmes in her latest role have just hit the media, and should fuel some talk about the upcoming film.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.