Kodi Smit-McPhee Might Be Oskar in the 'Let Me In' Remake
In our most recent update on the Let the Right One In remake from Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, which is to be retitled just Let Me In, I ended by saying, "we'll definitely let you know once Reeves finds his Oskar and Eli." Early word coming from Moviehole is that Reeves has found his Oskar - 12-year-old Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee. He is set to break out in the indie thriller The Road and is currently shooting an Aussie comedy titled Love and Mortar. The news comes from an interview in The Herald Sun (which isn't online yet) in which he says that he's up for the role, but the deal isn't done yet, although "it's looking good."
The first time I ever heard about Kodi Smit-McPhee was when I first wrote about The Road a year ago, as his performance was apparently so good that it caused people on-set to tear up while filming. "Days after the filming of a climactic, emotional scene, people on the set were still marveling at Kodi's performance." If that's the kind of incredible response coming from that film this early, then it sounds like he's definitely a good choice for Let Me In, if not perfect. It's very tough to find really impressive child actors these days, but Kåre Hedebrant did a great job in the original, and I think Smit-McPhee has a chance of living up that.
We'll certainly keep you updated on this casting and if Kodi does indeed get the role. Though I'll say that I'd actually be quite satisfied if he gets it, because there's not many actors I'd be happy to see cast in this, but Kodi Smit-McPhee I think could do a great job. Now Reeves just needs to find the right actor to play Eli.