Thesp joins the cast of indie drama

“Watchmen” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan is set to join his “Texas Killing Fields” co-star Chloe Moretz in Karyn Kusama’s gritty indie drama “The Rut.”

Kevin Caruso wrote the script, which is described as a cross between “Winter’s Bone” and “Into the Wild.”

Story follows a teenage girl who aims to win her father’s approval by surrounding herself with danger and adventure as she journeys into the wilderness alone to hunt deer.

While Morgan played a father figure to Moretz in “Texas Killing Fields,” he’ll play her actual father in “The Rut.”

Aaron Magnani will produce through his Water Bear/Aaron Magnani Prods. banner along with Martha Griffin, Kusama’s producing partner.

Moretz’s mother Teri Moretz and brother Trevor Moretz will exec produce via Treetop Prods.

Morgan will soon be seen in Open Road’s “Red Dawn” remake, Lionsgate’s horror-thriller “The Possession” and Bruce Beresford’s “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding.” Thesp also toplines Starz’s upcoming series “Magic City,” which debuts April 6.

Morgan is repped by UTA and manager Rob Gomez, while WME and 3 Arts rep Chloe Moretz. ICM reps Magnani and Kusama, as well as the project. Caruso is repped by ICM and managers Frankie Lindquist and Mary Cybriwsky of Scooty Woop Entertainment.

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