Smit-McPhee & Moretz Set for 'Let Me In' with Richard Jenkins
by Alex Billington
October 1, 2009
At least two of the casting rumors were right. THR's Heat Vision blog confirms today that The Road's Kodi Smit-McPhee (seen above) and Kick-Ass' Chloe Moretz have officially been cast in Let Me In, the Let the Right One In remake being directed by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves. Additionally, they announced that Oscar nominated actor Richard Jenkins (last seen in Burn After Reading) has been cast (instead of the rumored Philip Seymour Hoffman) as the vampire girl's father and caretaker known as Hakan in the original film. Shooting begins this fall in New Mexico (even though it's set in Colorado in the actual film).
Overture had been in talks with the rising "kid-actors" over the summer (we first reported a rumor about Smit-McPhee back in July) but was trying to work out the adult component (Jenkins) that best served the triangular combination, with an eye on scheduling and chemistry. Swedish producers John Nordling and Carl Molinder, who produced the original film, are also involved as producers on this remake. The film follows an overlooked and bullied boy named Owen (Smit-McPhee) who finds love and revenge through Abby (Moretz), a peculiar girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders who turns out to be a vampire.