Updated: Philip Seymour Hoffman & Chloe Moretz in Let Me In
Just accept it - they're remaking Let the Right One In and there's nothing you can do about it. Instead of sitting around complaining, just be happy that it may actually be shaping up to be a pretty good movie (or so I hope). SlashFilm has an interesting scoop regarding casting on the project that comes from the NY Times' movie info page. They list Kodi Smit-McPhee, the kid from The Road, as the boy Owen (instead of Oskar), Chloe Moretz, the girl from 500 Days of Summer and Kick-Ass, in the role of the vampire girl Abby (instead of Eli), and lastly, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman, really?! Now that is awesome.
Take all this casting as just a rumor at the moment because it hasn't been officially announced. While Smit-McPhee has been mentioned before, I didn't think that he was confirmed for the role. I'm hoping that we hear confirmation on these three soon enough, because to be completely honest, this is a perfect cast for Let Me In. Smit-McPhee is damn good in The Road and would do a great job. Moretz is my favorite young actress and would also do a great job. And Hoffman is one of the most talented actors around as well. No word on exactly what role Hoffman will play, but speculation is that he might play the father/mentor of Eli.
I'm trying not to get too excited too early, but if this cast comes together, then I will honestly be excited for this, despite all of its inherent negativity. It's a great cast of very talented actors and getting them is the first big step in the right direction if they want this remake to live up to the original. We'll let you know when/if we hear any more on Let Me In, but for now, let us know what you think of these. Good or bad choices?
Update: At least one half of this story isn't true. SlashFilm was just contacted by Overture Films (who is producing this remake) this afternoon and told that the Philip Seymour Hoffman side of this was completely false. However, they also said that a press release would be put out later this week confirming who is actually in the cast. My feeling is that Smit-McPhee and Moretz are still on-board, but we don't know who will play the adults yet. We'll let you know when the press release hits later this week, so stay tuned for that!