Let Me In Casting Confirmed

Richard Jenkins cast in Cabin in the WoodsThe saying may be “Father knows best”, but in the case of Matt Reeves’ upcoming Let the Right One In redux, entitled Let Me In (which happens to be the same name of the novel on which both films are based), it appears that Mother knows quite a bit as well.

Back in July Chloe Moretz’s mom posted in vague terms on the IMDB message boards that her young daughter had nabbed the part of vamp girl Abby, and today that report has been confirmed.

Along with Moretz, who is no stranger to remakes, having appeared in both The Amityville Horror and The Eye, THR’s Heat Vision Blog states that Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Richard Jenkins (pictured, The Cabin in the Woods and Six Feet Under) have joined the cast as well.

The film follows an overlooked and bullied boy named Owen (Smit-McPhee) who finds love and revenge through Abby (Moretz), a beautiful but peculiar girl with the weight of the world on her shoulder who turns out to be a vampire. Jenkins plays the girl’s adult ward, a character known as Hakan in the original film.

Overture had been in talks with the rising kid-actors over the summer but was trying to work out the adult component that best served the triangular combination, with an eye on scheduling and chemistry. Principal photography begins this fall in New Mexico. Hammer Films and Spitfire Pictures are the production entities behind the pic.

Looks like things are shaping up pretty nicely for this project so far. Keep it here for more on Let Me In as it comes.

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  • Cash Bailey

    Change the title. it fucking BLOWS!

    LET ME IN sounds like a GOOSEBUMPS book.

    • The Woman In Black

      But … it’s the real title of the source material. To me it’s kind of irrelevant as long as they keep the dark, dreary tone intact.

      • krawlingkhaos

        They won’t. The target audience here has to be the Twilight (movie) crowd. Anyone want to place a wager on the rating?

        • G.D.

          The Twilight crowd? Yeah, you’re right. That’s why they’d cast 12 and 13 year olds in the main roles. Because that’s what the Twilight crowd wants to see. If the target audience was the Twilight crowd then they’d get “beautiful” CW-appropriate actors to play the leads instead of the kid from The Road and the girl assassin from Kick-Ass.

          • krawlingkhaos

            I wasn’t even thinking that specific; I more meant that the studio is almost certainly saying “Hey, look! it’s another vampire movie! They make money, right?” figuring that the same crew that shelled out big bucks for Twilight will do the same again, ergo, it will be slanted toward the same audience to guarantee a solid profit. For evidence, I submit the cover art for the Near Dark Blu-ray as an example of hideous Twilight pandering. Trust me, I would love for this to turn out well, and the casting may be a step in the right direction, but aside from The Ring (and if I’m feeling generous, the Grudge) have any of the foreign film remakes actually worked?

            Or maybe I’m just way too cynical at this point.

      • horrorfried

        ..the original book was actually called ‘Let the Right One In’ – the U.S renamed it for copies sold there because someone decided it was too long as a title

  • Spaceshark

    I hope a billion teenage girls come in to see this and walk out traumatized.

    First, I have to hope it’s good.

  • MagusMaleficus

    Jenkins is a god.

  • LSD Zombie

    New Mexico? Weren’t they planning on filming in Colorado initially? WTF?

    • The Woman In Black

      I believe it’s set in Colorado, but New Mexico gets its fair share of snow and it’s probably a lot cheaper to film there.

      • FilmCritic3000

        Plus New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson recently signed a new bill into law that gives much greater tax breaks to film and television productions doing business in the state. (Case in point: Reelz Channel moved from Los Angeles to Albuquerque earlier this year).

        I’m still weary of this but thankfully they didn’t age the characters and with an excellent actor like Jenkins on board, I’ll give this a watch.