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Whether she's playing an innocent girl like Rachel in 500 Days of Summer or Isabelle in Hugo, or a force to be reckoned with, as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass or Abby in Let Me In, Chloe Moretz continues to demonstrate an excellent range, putting her among some of the more talented young actors emerging. It's going to be especially great to see how she takes on the starring role in the remake/adaptation of the classic Stephen King story Carrie. But well before that, Hick arrives in theaters.
Adapted from Andrea Portes' novel, Hick made its official debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, but arrives in theaters and on demand next month. In addition to Moretz, the film also stars Blake Lively in a role that, based on the trailer below, bears little resemblance to her Gossip Girl character Serena van der Woodsen. While Moretz plays Luli, a small-town teen who sets off for Vegas to escape her abusive parents, Lively plays Glenda, a drifter with a preference for cocaine. As you'll see in the trailer below, Eddie Redmayne, Alec Baldwin and Juliette Lewis are also among the cast.
Thanks in part to the music and the pacing, there's a sort of mounting tension in the trailer that could indicate a similar tone for the film. And it looks like we're in for another great performance from Moretz in this one. Luli's list of pro's and cons ("Rich People" among the pros and "Might Die" as the only con), makes me think we might see some traces of humor in this otherwise drama-filled film. And while we're on the subject of dark films laced with humor, it's also worth noting that Hick reunites Rory Culkin and Alec Baldwin with Lymelife director Derick Martini.
Below is the official description for Hick, which hits theaters May 11…
Small town teenager Luli (CHLOË GRACE MORETZ) escapes to Las Vegas, leaving behind her alcoholic and abusive parents. Armed with her smarts, a pistol and pocket money, she hitchhikes her way west. Along the way, Luli crosses paths with Eddie (EDDIE REDMAYNE), an unstable rebel with questionable motives and Glenda (BLAKE LIVELY), a cocaine-snorting drifter on the run. Adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Andrea Portes, this powerful story pulls you into a provocative world of drugs, seduction and murder.