Ray Liotta In Talks To Star Alongside Chloe Moretz In The Rut

It's a miracle! Ray Liotta may have found a new movie and won't be playing a cop, corrupt or otherwise!

THR says that the actor is now in negotiations for a part in The Rut, a thriller that would see him starring opposite Chloe Moretz and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Described by the trade as "Winter’s Bone meets Whale Rider," The Rut is about a young girl who, in an attempt to impress her father, goes into the wilderness to hunt deer. Moretz, obviously, will play the protagonist while Morgan will play her dad. Should he sign on the dotted line, Liotta will play the film's main villain, a rival hunter who uses a bow and sees Morgan's character to be a threat.

The film comes from writer Kevin Caruso, whose only other credit is the 2007 film I Tried, a gritty drama featuring the band Bone Thugs N Harmony, all of whom played themselves. Karyn Kusama is handling the directorial duties. Starting her career in 2000 with the film Girlfight, Kusama has since directed Aeon Flux and Jennifer's Body.The Rut is being produced by Aaron Magnani and Martha Griffin along with executive producers Teri and Trevor Moretz.

Liotta has a busy year up ahead filled with some very interesting titles. The actor will next be seen in Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly (formerly known as Cogan's Trade) and also has roles in Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines, Nick Cassavetes's Yellow and Suri Krishnamma's Bad Tourist. THR doesn't mention when The Rut will be going into production.

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