The Beverly Hills-based company has bulked up its Cannes slate with the thriller starring Britt Robertson, one of the leads in Disney’s upcoming sci-fi Tomorrowland.

Justin Long, Christian Slater, Martin Sheen, Robert Patrick and Max Carver round out the key cast.

Robertson plays a wild young woman who takes a year off before college and authors an anonymous blog about her sexual misadventures with a film teacher just as everything is about to turn sour.

Allison Burnett directs Ask Me Anything based on an adaptation of his novel Undiscovered Gyrl.

Ask Me Anything is one of those rare films that is capable of striking a chord with audiences in so many different ways,” said Lightning sales and acquisitions consultant Richard S Guardian.

“We were initially drawn to the ingredients that make it so commercially viable – a built-in audience fan base from a book continuing to grow in popularity and a globally recognised cast including a rapidly rising star in Britt Robertson, but were blown away by the film’s desensitised narrative, brought to life by a remarkable cast. We couldn’t be happier to have this film on our slate.”

Senior vp of Lighting Entertainment Joseph Dickstein negotiated the deal with Traction Media.

Lightning’s slate includes horror-thrillers Indigenous and Dark House.