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Kirsten Dunst will play the female lead in “Midnight Special,” the next project for Little Rock native Jeff Nichols, whose last film “Mud” was a sleeper hit.

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Nichols’s muse Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton — who was stellar as the non-“Parks and Rec” Navy Seal in “Zero Dark Thirty” — co-star. The film has been described as a “contemporary science fiction chase film.” Nichols wrote the script.