Laura Dern has joinedRussell Crowe in John Polson's thriller Tenderness, which is set to begin filming in New York onMonday.

New York-based GreeneStreetFilms International is reporting a torrent of interest on the story of aviolent teenager who falls for a runaway girl while being investigated by adetective.

Sixth Sense editor Andrew Mondshein has also boarded theproject, 'adapted from the novel by Robert Cormier.

GreeneStreet Films isfinancing Tenderness andproducing with Howard Meltzer of Turtleback Productions. Charles Randolphserves as 'executive producer.

GreeneStreet's head ofbusiness affairs, business development and new'ventures Vicky Cherkasnegotiated the Dern deal with CAA.

GreeneStreet FilmsInternational's slate includes comedies Gary The Tennis Coach starring Seann William Scott and The Pleasure OfYour Company starring Jason Biggs;the ensemble thriller Unknown;romantic comedy Barry Munday starring Luke Wilson and Emily Mortimer; and footballdocumentary Once In A Lifetime.