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Kirsten Dunst joins Chloe Moretz in the coming-of-age road drama Hick

11.30.2010

According to The Playlist today after talking to Christian Taylor of Taylor Lane Productions over the weekend, Kirsten Dunst (MELANCHOLIA, ALL GOOD THINGS) is now attached to star opposite Chole Moretz (HUGO CABRET, LET ME IN) in the coming-of-age drama HICK.

The film is an adaption of Andrea Portes' novel of the same name, directed by Martin Scorsese protege Derick Martini (LYMELIFE) and written by Portes herself. It focuses on "a 13-year-old Nebraskan girl and her hard-going life on the road after she runs away from her neglectful parents and home." The Playlist adds that the film would feature a mix of influences like "the sassy sardonic teenage wit of Diablo Cody" as well as "fantasy elements described 'as if Danny Boyle directed 'The Wizard Of Oz'."

HICK is looking to begin production this coming February in New Mexico while a male lead - "a menacing and volatile James Dean-like grifter" is being actively sought (Colin Farrell was previously linked to the part).

Here's the synopsis for the book (via Amazon):

"Young Luli knows losers ó her 'aging Brigitte Bardot' mother, Tammy, and her father, Nick, go at each other every night at the Alibi, the watering hole in hometown Palmyra, Neb. Tammy runs away one morning, and Nick soon follows, leaving Luli alone at home with the Smith and Wesson .45 her Uncle Nipper gave her. Pistol in tow, she hitches rides heading west to Vegas. A crooked man named Eddie picks her up briefly before throwing her out of the car. Next comes cocaine-snorting grifter Glenda, who enlists Luli as an accessory to a robbery that goes awry. Glenda takes Luli under her wing. The two cross paths again with Eddie, who rapes Luli and ties her up in a secluded motel. Glenda comes to her rescue, but the confrontation with Eddie ends badly. Luliís flippant narration makes for a love-it or hate-it read."
Extra Tidbit: I had almost forgotten about MELANCHOLIA, the next Lars von Trier joint, said to be something of a sci-fi disaster film. I'm sure it'll be a very f*cked up film. In a good way!
Source: The Playlist

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