‘Let The Right One In’ Remake May Have Its Male Lead

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 6:44 pm,

The English language remake of the Swedish vampire romance film Let The Right One In, is very much on its way. Retitled Let Me In (apparently the original title was deemed to long for the US version), the film has Matt “Cloverfield” Reeves attached to both write and direct.

A couple of the things that made the original Let The Right One In (which wasn’t even released in the U.S. before Hollywood got its claws into it) work so well was the performances of the two lead tweens, Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson. The chemistry between the two leads is crucial for the romance to work – so who is in the running to play either of them? Well, there’s still no word on the female (vampire) character, but today we have the possibility for the male lead.

Kodi Smit-McPhee (Romulus, My Father, The Road) revealed in an interview with The Herald-Sun that he’s up for the lead male role in Let Me In. There’s nothing been set in stone yet, but the young actor says that it’s looking good. McPhee is just about the right age for the character (well, plus one year, but I think we can let that slide), which is something I think is extremely important.

Reeves said in an interview recently that the remake will honor the original story of Let The Right One In by keeping the characters at the same age and not making them older to capitalize on the current Twilight craze. I am so glad Reeves has his head screwed on the right way to realize this.

I must admit I’ve yet to see McPhee in anything (well, except for in The Road trailer, but that’s hardly a chance to see how good of an actor he is), but he certainly has the right look in my eyes.

Even though Reeves seems mismatched with Let Me In (especially considering his biggest cinematic claim-to-fame, Cloverfield, is pretty much the opposite of what Let The Right One In is), I must admit I’m curious to see what he does with it. Only time will tell whether swapping destroying the buildings of New York to a (hopefully) subtle, meticulous vampire romance story will turn out well.

I’m not happy about Hollywood remaking Let The Right One In, but the news we’ve heard so far (particularly what Reeves has previously said) admittedly could’ve been far, far worse.

Do you think Kodi Smit-McPhee is right for the lead male role in Let Me In? Are you looking forward to this remake?

Let Me In is currently slated for a release sometime in 2010.

Sources: The Herald-Sun via Moviehole (thanks to Bloody-Disgusting)

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  1. @Paul

    Not saying anything about anything else, the movie was good, but that one part seriously could have been left out and it wouldn’t have affected the story. Not negatively anyway. It was completely unnecessary in my opinion… It had no impact on the story other than a “wtf” moment and that’s it…

    But that said, I don’t really care about the remake, already seen the movie…

  2. @Dross

    THAT IS EXACTLY HOW I UNDERSTAND THE MOVIE…
    NOT AT THE FIRST PLACE… BUT AFTER A WHILE THINKING ABOUT THE END, I FIGURED HOW TRAGIC – FOR THE BOY- IT WAS… EVEN THOW WE WERE HOPING SHE COULD SAVE HIM AND ETC

  3. anyway…
    books always have something more to add to the ‘script’ we have in the movies
    I’m looking forward to read the book. but I can’t find it anywhere here in Brazil :~~
    so disappointing!

    • You can search for it in eBay and they will send it to you through mail (although I doubt they have it in Portuguese, you’d have to read it in English). Good luck with that ;)

  4. At the end of the Swedish version when Eli is on the train in the trunk you can hear them tapping Morse Code to each other. I recognized the S-S at the end and looked up the code to the other two letters. It's K-I-S-S.

  5. oooo great, WHY WHY WHY…. Hollywood sometime makes stupid remake and y touch a great film, NO NO NO NO!

  6. oooo great, WHY WHY WHY…. Hollywood sometime makes stupid remake and y touch a great film, NO NO NO NO!

  7. Your site is always a joy to visit! I was very interested in your new article about the new film Let me In. I have seen the Swedish version of that film and it was very well done! Excellent actors and great directing. I hope this new release can do as well! Thanks for your work here… Between you and Skykid we stay abreast to all the new releases with young child actors! Visit my site when you can!
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