Chloe Grace Moretz burst onto the scene in 2010 with a standout performance as Hit-Girl in superhero satire Kick-Ass. The young actress promptly followed that with memorable performances in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Let Me In and the Oscar-nominated Hugo and has since established herself a credible and highly sought after performer in a number of genres.
However, her appearance as the title character in this month’s Carrie – the third film based on the Stephen King novel – just may be the role that makes her a bonafide movie star, just as it served as a breakthrough for Sissy Spacek back in 1976. Moretz already has a number of subsequent projects in the works (including The Equalizer opposite Denzel Washington), and now we can add one more film to that list.
According to The Wrap, Moretz will star in the film adaptation of the 2011 Sam Munson novel November Criminals. The story centers on a Washington D.C. teenager who launches his own investigation into the death of a classmate. The main character has yet to be cast, but Moretz will play the female lead. Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi will direct the film and has rewritten the script, which was previously worked on by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises).
November Criminals delves into the underworld of D.C. teens with a darkly comic tone, and the film looks to be in keeping with much of Moretz’s work. From Dark Shadows to Kick-Ass 2, her filmography is littered with detours into the macabre, and a gritty, darkly humorous tale of corruption in the nation’s capital would fit right in and could, in the right hands, make for a fascinating film.
Gervasi has demonstrated – both in Hitchcock as well as his script for crime dramedy Henry’s Crime – that he has a solid handle on the balance between comedy and drama, and this ability to shift from one to the other without resulting in a muddled tone will undoubtedly come in handy with his latest project. Still, provided the right cast is in place, November Criminals could prove worthwhile. Moretz is certainly a good start, but the success or failure of the film may truly depend on which leading man the director settles on.
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Stay tuned to Screen Rant for all the latest on November Criminals as this story develops.
Source: The Wrap