Chloe Grace Moretz and Sasha Lane are set to star in Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
Based on Emily Danforth’s acclaimed and controversial coming-of-age novel of the same name, the film is set in 1993 and follows a girl forced into gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with the prom queen.
Akhavan is no stranger to hot-button fare, having written, directed and starred in the Sundance darling Appropriate Behavior, which centered on young Persian bisexual woman living in Brooklyn.
Dubbed a drama with comedic elements, Miseducation of Cameron Post will star Moretz as Cameron, an orphan who’s taken in by her ultra-conservative aunt. American Honey breakout star Lane will play Cameron’s friend and fellow “disciple” at the conversion therapy clinic to which they are sent. The cast also includes John Gallagher Jr. (Short Term 12), Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant) and Jennifer Ehle (A Quiet Passion). Ashley Connor (Tramps) is on board as cinematographer.
The film is being produced by Beachside and Parkville Pictures, with Beachside fully financing. The production team includes Michael B. Clark (Morris From America), Alex Turtletaub (Tig), and Jonathan Montepare (Little Men) alongside Cecilia Frugiuele (Appropriate Behavior), who also adapted the screenplay with Akhavan. Olivier Kaempfer and Akhavan serve as executive producers.
Akhavan was nominated for best first screenplay at the 2015 Indie Spirit Awards for Appropriate Behavior and is also the co-creator and star of the critically acclaimed web series The Slope. She has a leading role in Creep 2, currently in post-production and is at work on the first season of an untitled comedy series for Channel 4 in the U.K.
UTA is repping domestic rights to the film.