Plenty of young talents have attempted the leap from precocious child star to grown-up actor, with severely mixed results, but Chloe Grace Moretz seems to be having an easier time of it than most. Though she’s just 15, she’s already shown a facility for between family-friendly fare like Hugo and more mature entertainments like Let Me In and Kick-Ass over the last few years, and she’s lucky enough to have (apparently) skipped an awkward phase altogether. As far as I’m concerned, she doesn’t need to “prove” that she can transition into mature parts.

But that appears to be exactly what she’s doing in Derick Martini‘s Hick. Moretz plays a teenager who decides to ditch her neglectful parents in Nebraska and strike out for Vegas, meeting all sorts of interesting characters (played by Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, Rory Culkin, and Alec Baldwin) along the way. Watch the red-band (i.e., NSFW) trailer after the jump.

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I wouldn’t generally think of Vince Vaughn as the natural replacement for a role that Justin Timberlake had dropped out of, but then again, I’m not a professional casting director. Deadline reports that Vaughn has just signed on for Stephen FrearsLay the Favorite in the part of “Rosie, a Long Island bookie that [protagonist Beth] Raymer once worked for” — a role that Timberlake was attached to earlier this year. I don’t know much else about the character, but it’s easy to imagine Vaughn’s loud, charismatic, rather dickish persona being a perfect fit for a movie about Vegas gambling, don’t you think?

Based on Beth Raymer‘s memoir of the same title, Lay the Favorite follows Raymer in her journey from Vegas cocktail waitress to top professional gambler. As Raymer falls in love, she begins re-evaluating her life decisions. Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, and Frank Grillo are also attached to star. [via The Playlist]

After the jump, Alec Baldwin and Rory Culkin sign on for Hick and The Hunger Games finds its District 9 tributes.

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Meryl Streep is making another movie with her The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel: Great Hope Springs, in which a couple enlists a therapist to save their fading 31-year marriage. Meryl Streep is one half of the couple, with the actors playing her husband yet to be announced.

Now it looks like Steve Carrell will be the therapist. We don’t know the tone of the film, but this casting certainly suggests a fairly comic approach. On the surface it seems like this is a role that would be great for Mr. Carrell, especially with Meryl Streep to play against. While the basics don’t sound outrageously appealing, the notion of those two verbally sparring definitely does. [Deadline]

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Chloe Moretz to Star in Hick

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How many juicy roles are there for unbearably precocious young actresses like Chloe Moretz? Not as many as you’d think, which makes a star turn in an adaptation of a novel about ” a 13-year-old Nebraska girl who gets more than she bargained for when she runs away to Las Vegas” seem like a pretty good idea. So Moretz is signing a deal to star in Hick, based on the novel of the same name by Andrea Portes. Read More »

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