Gaumont, Radar Pictures and Original Media have set the cast for a Joel Schumacher-directed adaptation of the Nick McDonell novel Twelve, reports Variety.
The film will star Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Ellen Barkin and Kiefer Sutherland.
Production begins April 20 in New York for a winter 2010 release. Jordan Melamed wrote the script.
In 2002, then 17-year-old McDonell wrote a novel that starkly depicted teenage drug use and decadence on the Upper East Side.
The story follows a high school dropout-turned-drug dealer. His lucrative life sours when the dealer’s cousin is brutally murdered on an East Harlem playground and his best friend is arrested for the crime.