Dunst will star alongside Moretz in "Hick," an adaptation of the Andrea Portes novel, producer Christian Taylor told The Playlist. The film is being directed by Scorsese protege Derrick Martini, who made his directorial debut with 2008's "Lymelife."
In describing the film about a young runaway encountering all sorts of horrors, Taylor mentioned Diablo Cody, "The Wizard of Oz," Danny Boyle, "Paper Moon," "Badlands" and Jodi Foster's early roles.
Here's what Publisher's Weekly had to say about the novel:
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 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.
Lest there be any confusion, Moretz will play Luli, Dunst will be Glenda and Farrell would've been Eddie. Moretz is determined to freak out every adult on Earth by taking on every age-inappropriate part Hollywood has to offer--we couldn't be happier.
It's good to see Dunst getting her career back on track. After a promising start that balanced the arty with the commercial, she hit a rough patch in 2004 with "Wimbledon" (which was almost good--no, really), "Elizabethtown" (from which Cameron Crowe is only now recovering) and "Marie Antoinette" (from which Sofia Coppola is only now recovering).
Now she's got "All Good Things" coming out on Friday, a an uneven thriller in which she gives a very good performance. And she's recently finished shooting "Melacolia" with Lars Von Trier, "Upside Down" with Juan Diego Solanas and has a part in the upcoming "On the Road" adapation.