The role of Sue Ann was originally written for a white actress. Tate Taylor modified the script to better suit an African-American woman after he showed the script to Octavia Spencer and she expressed interest in playing the role. The pair had previously collaborated on "The Help."
In one scene Erica (Juliette Lewis) mentions that she is having a John Hughes movie marathon. Lewis had a part in a movie written by John Hughes, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) where she played Audrey.