While Twilight was easily the vampire film to get the most attention back in 2008, lovers of bloodsucking cinema had another, more mature option available. That is, if they were willing to read subtitles. A Swedish import, director Tomas Alfredson’s film adaptation of author John Ajvide Lindqvist’s book Let the Right One In drew nearly unanimous praise from both critics and audiences, and topped many lists of the best horror films of that year.
For those who’ve yet to experience Alfredson’s film, Let the Right One In centers on Oskar (Kare Hedebrant), a 12-year-old child to divorced parents that is constantly tortured by local bullies. That is until he meets the mysterious Eli (Lina Leandersson). Despite possessing the appearance of a young girl, Eli is actually an immortal vampire that must feed on the living to survive. Oskar quickly falls for Eli, and in return, she protects him from those that would do him harm.
Clearly seeing potential in a Westernized take on the material, TNT ordered a pilot for a Let the Right One In TV series back in August. This will mark the second attempt at an American version of the story, following the Matt Reeves-directed 2010 remake Let Me In, starring Chloe Grace Moretz. Late last month, further progress was made on the pilot, when TNT announced the casting of Norwegian model and up-and-coming actress Kristine Froseth as their small-screen Eli. Now, the network has cast Let the Right One In: The Series’ two male leads, according to Deadline.
Set to play Henry – the stateside TV equivalent to Oskar – is newcomer Benjamin Wadsworth, who is almost bereft of any high-profile credits on his resume, aside from a guest spot on Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World. To be fair, this seems to be an intentional approach by TNT, as Froseth also has very few screen credits to her name at this point.
A more veteran addition to the cast is Thomas Kretschmann (Avengers: Age of Ultron), who’ll play Inspector Eriksson, a foreign cop who has followed Eli’s bloody trail from Europe to North America. This character does not appear to have a clear analogue in either Alfredson’s film or the book it was based on. In an interesting twist, Eriksson does not actually know what Eli looks like, and is simply following murders that use her trademark technique. For his sake, he better hope he finds out who she is before she does the opposite.
The Let the Right One In TV series adaptation has yet to be assigned a premiere date.