EXCLUSIVE: Cynthia Nixon, Brian Geraghty, Marin Ireland and newcomer Michael Trotter have been cast in The Evening Hour, an indie drama adaptation of Carter Sickels’ 2012 debut novel. Elizabeth Palmore is writing the screenplay, and Braden King is directing. A mid-2016 shooting date is being eyed.

Cynthia NixonSet in a small West Virginia mining town in the foothills of Appalachia, the book tells the story of small-time drug dealer Cole Freeman (Trotter), who is driven to action and redemption in response to a set of unexpected circumstances that threaten to tear apart the close-knit fabric of family, friendship, land and history that binds everyone, and everything, he loves. Nixon, who landed a Spirit Award nom this year for her work in James White, will play Ruby, Cole’s estranged mother whose return home after a long absence serves as a catalyst for change in his life.

Star Thrower Entertainment’s Tim and Trevor White (LBJ) and Tom Skapars are producing. It marks Skapars’ first project since exiting Bill Pohlad’s River Road as Head of Creative Production. It is King’s follow-up to his 2011 Sundance pic Here which starred Ben Foster and Lubna Azabal.

UTA Independent Film Group is handling U.S. sales.