Laura Dern has joined Russell Crowe in John Polson's thriller Tenderness, which is set to begin filming in New York today, says Production Weekly. The film was adapted by Emil Stern from the novel by Robert Cormier.

Tenderness follows a violent teenager, Eric, whose life intertwines with Lori, a 16-year-old runaway who can't resist his charm. Crowe will play Lieutenant Cristofuoro, a cop who sets out to unravel Eric's complex past.