Hunt will play a magazine editor and mother who finds out her son (Brenton Thwaites of “The Giver”) has left college to pursue surfing and follows him to California, where she meets a surf instructor (Luke Wilson).
Actors Mike White (“Enlightened”) and David Zayas (“Dexter”) will also reportedly star in the film.
“Ride,” which Hunt will also produce and for which she wrote the script, is set to begin production early next week in Los Angeles.
The actress previously directed the 2007 movie “Then She Found Me,” which starred Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler, and Matthew Broderick, as well as episodes of the TV shows “Californication” and “Revenge.” Hunt was also recently nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in the 2012 movie “The Sessions.”
Hunt appeared in the 1986 film “Peggy Sue Got Married” and in the 1996 movie “Twister” with Bill Paxton as well as the 1997 film “As Good As It Gets” with Jack Nicholson. Her NBC show “Mad About You,” for which she directed several episodes as well as starring in the program, ran from 1992 to 1999.