Catherine Keener, Travis Tope Join Chloe Moretz in ‘November Criminals’ (Exclusive)

Sacha Gervasi is directing the adaptation of Sam Munson’s 2011 murder mystery novel

TopeNewcomer Travis Tope is set to star opposite Chloe Moretz in Sacha Gervasi’s “November Criminals,” while two-time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener will play Moretz’s mother, two individuals familiar with the Indian Paintbrush project have told TheWrap.

Based on the 2011 novel by Sam Munson, story is set in Washington D.C. and follows a rebellious teenager (Tope) who finds himself leading his own investigation into the murder of a classmate.

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“Hitchcock” director Gervasi recently rewrote the script, which was initially adapted by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises”). Gervasi is currently casting the role of Tope’s father.

Indian Paintbrush principal Steven Rales will produce with Beth O’Neil, who previously produced Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s directorial debut “Jack Goes Boating” with Big Beach Films. Knight will executive produce the film, which could start shooting as soon as February.

Tope is a young actor who will make his feature debut alongside Addison Timlin in MGM’s upcoming remake of “The Town That Dreaded Sundown.” He’s repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and attorney Gregory Slewett.

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Keener, who received Oscar nominations for her supporting performances in “Being John Malkovich” and “Capote,” can currently be seen as Tom Hanks’ wife in “Captain Phillips” and as Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ friend in “Enough Said.” She next stars in John Carney’s Toronto hit “Can a Song Save Your Life?” She’s represented by the Gersh Agency.