[Update: We now have additional Let Me In images.]
The first pic of Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) in the American remake of the Swedish vampire tale Let the Right One In - now shortened to Let Me In - is now available for your viewing pleasure.
Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), Let Me In revolves around a 12-year old boy named Owen, played by Kodi-Smit McPhee (The Road). An outcast bullied by his peers and ignored by his separated parents, Owen is given to violent fantasies of revenge and spends much of his life alone. That is, until he befriends Abby (Moretz), a strange girl who appears to be his age but is in reality a much older, blood-thirsty creature of the night.
When the Swedish film Let The Right One In - itself based off the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist - reached theaters in the U.S. back in late 2008, many moviegoers referred to it rightly as the anti-Twilight. Indeed, the plot of Let Me In is all but identical - save for the character names and the setting - in that it too tells the story of an adolescent developing an affection for an immortal blood-sucker in a much darker, more macabre fashion than the popular Stephanie Meyers' series.
Therein lies the issue with this early image we have of Moretz as the vampire Abby in Let Me In, which you can see below:
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Does this look like a potentially dangerous creature of the night eternally trapped in the body of an adolescent? No, it looks like a cute, young girl who looks kind of worried about something.
Now have a look at Eli (Lina Leandersson) from the Swedish film version of Let The Right One In:
Even without the blood, this girl -with her sunken eyes, unhealthy pale complexion, and gaunt features - is far more convincing as a vampire than Moretz is, based off this early image.
To be fair, the innocence of Moretz's appearance may actually work for Let Me In. The emotional impact of seeing a simple little girl suddenly transform into a ravenous monster - which, after Kick-Ass, we know now is a task Moretz can easily pull off - could be rather impressive. So I'd advise waiting to see the film itself before jumping to any conclusions based off this first pic.
Is Let Me In facing an uphill battle, considering that Let The Right One In was such a lauded favorite amongst critics and horror-genre fans alike? I'd still say yes, simply because the look and feel of the Swedish film (the chilling, wintry landscape, the tense atmosphere of unease throughout) was pretty flawlessly executed by director Thomas Alfredson. So it seems that Matt Reeves will be up against it, even more so than David Fincher with his remake of another hit Swedish film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
However, the filmmakers behind Let Me In have insisted that they are not merely attempting to "re-imagine" the Swedish film. Whether or not the vampire tale can successfully be told as an American story - particularly one set in the state of New Mexico - remains to be seen.
Let Me In will be out in theaters in the U.S. on October 1, 2010.
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