The indie drama — which is scheduled to shoot in New Mexico later this year — is based on a novel and adapted screenplay by Andrea Portes. It tells the story of a 13-year old Nebraska girl who runs away from her alcoholic father and ends up alone on her way to Las Vegas. The film — like the book — will likely be a darker story. What the initial report from Variety won’t tell you is that it involves the girl, named Luli, meeting up with several shady characters, including on cocaine-snorting drifter and another twisted guy who eventually rapes her.
With that in mind, this could be an interesting turn for Moretz, who has done some edgier material, but nothing quite as serious as the subject matter in Hick. Saying a few comedically timed curse words in Kick-Ass is one thing, but dealing with a story filled with drugs and sexual abuse is another entirely.