'Let Me In' Adds More Cast Members + A New Promo Poster
by Ethan Anderton
November 3, 2009
In a press release, Overture Films announced the start of principal photography of Matt Reeves' Let Me In, the American adaptation of last year's acclaimed Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In. While we're not usually big on the announcements of the first day of production, this press release also revealed a new promotional poster (check it out after the jump) as well as adding Elias Koteas (Shutter Island), Cara Buono (of HBO's "The Sopranos") and Sasha Barrese (The Hangover) to a cast that already includes Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Chloe Moretz (500 Days of Summer).
If you're unfamiliar with the Swedish film on which Let Me In is based, it may help to know that both films are based on a novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. The story follows an alienated 12-year-old boy (Smit-McPhee) who befriends a mysterious young newcomer (Moretz) in his small New Mexico town and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood. While I'm quite frustrated that such a positively lauded foreign film from last year is getting a remake so damn quickly, there's some comfort within the release:
The filmmakers note that while the new film will pay respect to the original Swedish version, they intend to forge a unique identity for Let Me In, placing it firmly in an American context. President and CEO of Hammer Films Simon Oakes notes, "The brilliance of [Let the Right One In] deserves to be seen by audiences on a wide scale and we are excited that the pieces are in place to make that a reality."
Sans the international references, this statement is about as cookie cutter as they come when trying to reassure fans of an original film about the loyalty and respect a remake will pay to it. And honestly, if the "brilliance" of the original film deserves to be seen by audiences on a wide scale, then why didn't they give the original film a more proper theatrical wide release? I'm sure the world would crumble if we expected the simpletons of the moviegoing audience to read subtitles. Anyway, since this remake is going ahead whether we like it or not, in the meantime we can enjoy the promo poster below (from the official Twitter page), reminiscent of the poster for the original film and hope that Matt Reeves and his cast do a good job.