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Casting Watch: Kirsten Dunst Joins Jeff Nichols' Superpower Thriller 'Midnight Special,' with Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 13, 2013 at 2:51PM

Kirsten Dunst has won the female lead in Jeff Nichols’ latest, “Midnight Special,” being produced by Warner Bros. Joel Edgerton and Michael Shannon, who was directed by Nichols in both “Take Shelter” and “Mud,” are also set to star.
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Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst has won the female lead in Jeff Nichols’ latest, “Midnight Special,” being produced by Warner Bros. Joel Edgerton and Michael Shannon, who was directed by Nichols in both “Take Shelter” and “Mud,” are also set to star.

Per Deadline, the film follows a father and his eight-year-old boy who must go on the run when it becomes apparent that the child has superhero-like powers. Nichols penned the script.

No details yet on Dunst's character. As pointed out at Movies.com, the actress hasn’t returned to the realm of superpowers/superheroes since “Spider Man 3” in 2007. She was last seen in VOD hit “Bachelorette,” John Salles’ “On the Road” adaptation and in 2011 in Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia.” In the pipeline she’s got the “Anchorman” sequel, as well as Patricia Highsmith adaptation “The Two Faces of January,” co-starring Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac.

Shannon was most recently seen fighting Kal-El’s superhuman strength in Zack Snyder’s Warners hit “Man of Steel.”

This article is related to: News, CASTING WATCH, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Nichols, Jeff Nichols, Warner Bros. , Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.