Diane Kruger and After franchise star Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Jeffrey Donovan, and Sydney Park have joined A.J. Edwards’s romance First Love, which Fortitude International is fully financing.

Edwards wrote and directs the story about senior high school student Jim (Fiennes Tiffin), who experiences the highs and lows of his first love with Ann (The Walking Dead star Sydney Park).

First Love also depicts Jim’s parents, played by Kruger (In The Fade, upcoming The 355) and Donovan (Honest Thief, Wrath Of Man), as they deal with the impact of the 2008 recession.

Producers Henry Kittredge, Lucas Jarach, Fortitude head Nadine de Barros, and Edwards are currently in production in Los Angeles. Kruger serves as an executive producer. 

Edwards directed Kruger in 2014 Sundance premiere The Better Angels, and most recently wrote and directed Age Out starring Tye Sheridan, Imogen Poots, and Caleb Landry Jones.

“I’m thrilled that Fortitude is not only backing A.J.’s poignant and insightful vision of love and the American family but also to be working with such an international ensemble of great talent, led by Diane Kruger, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Sydney Park and Jeffrey Donovan,” said de Barros.

Fortitude recently wrapped Mack & Rita starring Diane Keaton, and Shriver starring Kate Hudson, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, and Zach Braff.