Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man) has been cast in the upcoming film Hick in which she will star opposite Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In) who was previously cast in the film.
Hick is based on the novel written by Andrea Portes which is about a 13-year-old Nebraska girl who gets more than she bargained for when she runs away to Las Vegas. Moretz will play the main 13 year-old character. The movie is being directed by Derick Martini, and the book was adapted into a script by the author of the book. The producer of the film Taylor Lane talked about the film recently, and had this to say,
Taylor described the film as having a mix of various elements; from the sassy sardonic teenage wit of Diablo Cody to fantasy elements described “as if Danny Boyle directed ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ ”—a picture that seems to have various thematic ties to “Hick.” The producer also told us the film would heavily feature an ‘80s soundtrack and would be akin to the young roles Jodi Foster took in her teenage years (evidently there are some difficult/potentially “sensitive” scenes in the picture). In the drama with its shades of dark humor, Dunst will play Glenda, the hard-living grifter who takes the young Luli in off the road. The role of Eddie—a menacing and volatile James Dean-like grifter—has not yet been cast...
She goes on to say that this could be an award vehicle for Moritz, who is already a fantastic young actress. I'm also happy to see Dunst working again; it's been a while since she's been in a film that's stretched her acting abilities. I always thought she was a talented actress that just lost her way.
Here is a full description of the book:
Portes’s chilling debut tracks a 13-year-old Nebraska girl’s hard-going life on the road. Young Luli knows losers—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 (literally; he “looks like an italic,” says smart-alecky Luli) 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. Luli’s flippant narration makes for a love-it or hate-it read.