Love her or hate her, Blake Lively (of Gossip Girl and the upcoming Green Lantern) is making an effort to shore up her indie credentials with a co-starring role in director Derick Martini's Hick, alongside British thesp Eddie Redmayne (The Yellow Handkerchief) and Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass).
Based on the shocking coming-of-age novel by Andrea Portes -- who is also penning the film's screenplay -- Hick centers on 13-year-old Luli (Moretz), a girl from Nebraska who "gets more than she bargained for" when she takes off alone for Las Vegas. Lively will play a grifter who mentors the young runaway, and Redmayne will play a loner who shares a past with Lively and has his own plans for Luli.
If you're interested in more story details (and SPOILERS) for the upcoming indie from the director of the 2008 award-winning Lymelife (2008), read on for the full plot synopsis from Amazon:
Portes's chilling debut tracks a 13-year-old Nebraska girl's hard-going life on the road. Young Luli knows losers—her "aging Brigitte Bardot" mother, Tammy, and her father, Nick, go at each other every night at the Alibi, the watering hole in hometown Palmyra, Neb. Tammy runs away one morning, and Nick soon follows, leaving Luli alone at home with the Smith and Wesson .45 her Uncle Nipper gave her. Pistol in tow, she hitches rides heading west to Vegas. A crooked man (literally; he "looks like an italic," says smart-alecky Luli) named Eddie picks her up briefly before throwing her out of the car. Next comes cocaine-snorting grifter Glenda, who enlists Luli as an accessory to a robbery that goes awry. Glenda takes Luli under her wing. The two cross paths again with Eddie, who rapes Luli and ties her up in a secluded motel. Glenda comes to her rescue, but the confrontation with Eddie ends badly. Luli's flippant narration makes for a love-it or hate-it read.