Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd is set to lead the cast of The Boat Builder, a drama from writer-director Arnold Grossman about a former Merchant Marine captain bent on constructing a seaworthy vessel in his front yard. Malcolm In The Middle alum Jane Kaczmarek is aboard playing his daughter Katherine, who opposes the scheme, and Denver-based newcomer Tekola Cornetet will play Rick, a bright foster child who befriends Abner during his quest.

The Boat Builder marks the first film for Grossman, an author and former political strategist who produced TV spots for Democratic candidates Pat Schroeder, Gary Hart and Leon Panetta. Project originally was set to star Nebraska‘s Bruce Dern and shoot in LA before the Oscar nominee departed the film. Now the SAGIndie feature will shoot in the San Francisco Bay Area starting this month, with Richard Bosner (Fruitvale Station, pictured above with Cornetet and Lloyd) producing. David Lascher, Martin Ganapoler, and Jessiqa Pace also star.