A few months ago we reported on the possibility of The Road star, Kodi Smith-McPhee, starring in the upcoming unnecessary remake of the Swedish language horror-romance, Let The Right One In, this time titled Let Me In (there was a recent short-lived name change to "Fish Head." Don't ask...). And today we learn - by way of Heat Vision Blog - that McPhee has, indeed, been cast in the lead role, along with Kick-Ass's Chloe Moretz as the lead vampire girl and the Oscar-nominated Richard Jenkins as her "guardian." They fill the shoes of original actors Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson and Per Ragnar, respectively (as shown above).
The producers of Let Me In were reportedly in talks with the two youngsters, McPhee and Moretz, over the summer, but were trying to work out the adult component that, "best served the triangular combination," with an eye on such things as chemistry and scheduling.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was briefly rumored to be playing Jenkins' part - however, Jenkins is a fantastic character actor who pops up in movies all over the place. Although I've yet to see McPhee in anything, he certainly has the look for the character (along with being about the right age), and Moretz has the right balance of sweetness and "offbeat-ness" that the vampire role requires.
Heat Vision Blog reports that Let Me In 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." One of the key aspects of the original Let The Right One In was the chemistry between the two "tweens" and I really hope McPhee and Moretz can recreate that on-screen. Otherwise, a crucial aspect of the movie will be lacking and the movie as a whole will falter, if not fail completely.
It wasn't even a year after the excellent Let The Right One In hit U.S. theaters that plans for an English language remake were put in place, so automatically I'm skeptical. But of the plethora of remakes that are coming down the pipeline, Let Me In is probably one of the least worrisome, notably because the producers of the original, John Nordling and Carl Molinder, are involved. I doubt the remake will be able to do the original justice, but I'm always willing to give any film a shot. You never know, it could turn out to be even BETTER than the original. Unlikely, but anything's possible...
What do you think of the trio of actors that have joined Let Me In? Do you think there's any chance this remake could be as good or even better than the original? Or is it simply a remake that doesn't need to be made, no matter what?
Let Me In is set to start shooting this Fall in New Mexico (despite being set in Colorado), but it doesn't have a release date as of yet.