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Moonrise Kingdom's Kara Hayward Gets The Lead In The Sisterhood of Night

In the race between Moonrise Kingdom stars Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman to find a second role in Hollywood it would seem that the actress has bested the actor. Reports are saying that Hayward has taken a part in The Sisterhood of Night, a new teen drama

Deadline has the casting news and adds that the film will be the feature directorial debut of Caryn Waechter and that the movie will be based on a short story by Steven Millhauser. The site says that the movie is about a teenage girl, played by Hayward, living in suburban New Jersey who discovers an underground secret society. Announcing her discovery, however, has serious consequences when it leads to a witch hunt.

This will be the second time that a movie has been made based on one of Millhauser's stories. In 2006 Neil Burger adapted and directed a film version of the story Eisenheim The Illusionist (called simply The Illusionist) starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel and Rufus Sewell. In addition to being a box office success, pulling in $87 million on a $16.5 million budget, the film also received a warm critical reception and was nominated for Best Achievement in Cinematography at the Academy Awards (but wound up losing to Guillermo Navarro's work on Pan's Labyrinth).

Born in Andover, Massachusetts, Hayward made her acting debut this past summer in Moonrise Kingdom, playing the odd runaway daughter of Bill Murray and Frances McDormand. The casting report doesn't mention when The Sisterhood of Night is aiming to start production.

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