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Portes novel ‘Hick’ gets two A-list actresses in film adaptation
Producer Christian Taylor has
lined up A-list actresses Kirsten
Dunst and Chloe Moretz
to play key roles in the film adaptation of Andrea Portes’
novel "Hick." The additions give further momentum to a project that
will help introduce a new wave of book and movie fans to talented
novelist Portes' work.
WORD’N’BASS readers first met Portes
(pictured left) on the day she launched Hick with indie publisher
Unbridled Books in May 2007. In the exclusive interview,
she shared her views on writing gritty prose, the semi-biographical
elements of Hick, and the stark teenage sexuality that marked her debut
Moretz, who made a big splash in last year’s runaway hit "Kick Ass,"
will play the lead role of Hick’s 13-year-old protagonist Luli, who
hits the road from Nebraska to Las Vegas in search of a sugar daddy
while escaping a difficult home life.
Dunst will play the role of Glenda, a grifter who takes Luli under her
wing during her perilous journey west -- an odyssey that tells a story
of American rootlessness set against the power and the peril of Luli’s
own sexual curiosity.
Also, respected Martin Scorsese protege Derrick Martini -- who made his
full-length directorial debut in 2008 with "Lymelife" -- will
reportedly helm the film as director. A release date isn’t yet
available for the film, which producer Taylor
bought the rights for in 2008.
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