Smit-McPhee and Jenkins in ‘Let the Right One In’ remake

Posted by · 2:47 pm · October 1st, 2009

Kodi Smith-McPheeWord just in from Overture Films that Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Road”), Richard Jenkins (Oscar-nominated this year for “The Visitor”) and Chloe Moretz (I profess ignorance) are to headline “Let Me In,” the forthcoming and unwelcome (in these parts, anyway) U.S. remake of last year’s arthouse sensation “Let the Right One In.”

The presence of Jenkins adds a sheen of respectability, I suppose. (After the sterling work Overture did in securing him that unlikely Oscar nod, perhaps he owes them one.) As for McPhee, the jury’s still out: I was thoroughly unmoved by his work in “The Road,” but perhaps he has something.

The press release, in part, after the cut.

Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz and Oscar®-nominee Richard Jenkins will headline the cast of Let Me In, Matt Reeves’ adaptation of Let the Right One In, when principal photography begins this fall in New Mexico. The announcement was made today by Hammer Films Co-CEO’s Simon Oakes and Nigel Sinclair, as well as Overture Films CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett.

Director Reeves (Cloverfield) has cast Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Moretz ((500) Days of Summer) in the two lead adolescent roles of Owen and Abby for the eagerly awaited horror feature. Jenkins will play the lead adult character known as Hakan in the original film.

“Kodi, Chloe, and Richard are my absolute dream cast,” says Reeves. “I couldn’t be more excited to be working with them.”

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  • 1 10-01-2009 at 3:03 pm

    Isaac Richter said...

    Chloe Moretz plays Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s little sister in (500) Days of Summer. She was funny, she has some potential, but I don’t know if I see her as Eli (or Abby in this case). I’m curious to see where they take this remake and what they’ll do with it but I just re-watched Let the Right One In and it’s going to be hard to compare to the subtle brilliance and the creepy, but very moving relationship in this film. I remain skeptical.

  • 2 10-01-2009 at 3:06 pm

    david said...

    Unfortunately, a U.S. remake of this film was inevitable. I really don’t know how you replace the performance of Lina Leandersson, who played the character Eli in the Alfredson version.

    Zero interest here for me.

  • 3 10-01-2009 at 3:13 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Moretz was terrific; a real scene-stealer in (500), so it’s great that this will raise her profile–great for a child actress. But despite not having seen the original yet, I have massive skepticism in regards to this. I anticipate less The Departed or The Ring (mediocre to me, but some have a fondness for it…w/e), but rather more The Grudge or any other epic suckage remake.

    If this means Jenkins is getting bigger work, yay for that. Hopefully this is just a quick paycheck before he finds further challenging work.

    Oh, Guy, can’t comment on The Road, but I hear that Smit-McPhee is exceptional in Romulus, My Father. So perhaps that’s worth looking into.

  • 4 10-01-2009 at 3:18 pm

    Rae Kasey said...

    I personally remember being annoyed every time Chloe Moretz showed up in (500) Days of Summer. She didn’t seem natural.

    Plus, I’m really worried that the current teen obsession with vampires will have the studio pushing for a PG-13 rating. If they cut back on the gruesome elements, the poetry will be lost. For me, anyway.

  • 5 10-01-2009 at 3:18 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    True, I’d forgotten about “Romulus.” Need to catch up with that sometime.

  • 6 10-01-2009 at 3:20 pm

    Jamieson said...

    Let the Right One In is lightning in a bottle. Good fuckin’ luck recapturing chemistry that special between two child actors. Reeves and company are fighting a losing battle.

  • 7 10-01-2009 at 3:36 pm

    Matthew said...

    I’m interested in this, although only for Matt Reeves’s involvement. I really enjoyed “Cloverfield”. Though I must say that there is no possible way that the remake will be nearly as brilliant as the original. Really, it’s just sort of all pointless. Maybe if they’d done it twenty years from now but… it just came out last year.

  • 8 10-01-2009 at 3:45 pm

    Matthew Lingo said...

    Uggh, not the little sister from 500 Days of Summer. This does not bode well.

  • 9 10-01-2009 at 4:57 pm

    The InSneider said...

    I was also unimpressed with Smit-McPhee in The Road, especially considering all the pre-release hype.

  • 10 10-01-2009 at 7:07 pm

    voland said...

    Why the hell is every movie, that’s not done in the USA, getting a remake, instead of giving the original movie a chance?

  • 11 10-01-2009 at 11:09 pm

    Speaking English said...

    I rather not think about this at all. Good luck to all in creating something even a fraction as lovely and authentically moving as the original.

  • 12 10-02-2009 at 12:48 am

    Eunice said...

    Oh no.

  • 13 10-02-2009 at 5:01 am

    Glenn said...

    ahem, “Romulus My Father” isn’t that great (and McPhee is sorta annoying in it).

  • 14 10-02-2009 at 7:39 am

    Adam Smith said...

    The first time I read this, when they referred to Richard Jenkins as the lead adult character, it made me wonder if they would make the story in this version center more around the father. But re-reading that press release, it seems less likely.

    If nothing else, Richard Jenkins will ground this film in something that isn’t shitty, so hooray for that. Here’s one of my big questions: how are they going to even attempt that scene in the swimming pool (if it’s kept, that is)? That underwater shot is revered for a reason. At this moment, I can only see two possibilities:

    1) Matt Reeves simply does a full recreation of the shot, but something will get lost. The colors will be too saturated and dark, or the sound will be too loud, or there will be non-diegetic music playing over it, or the other kids will thrash around too much–something will go horribly wrong.
    2) Matt Reeves changes it completely, showing it from a completely different angle. Perhaps he’ll show everything, or perhaps we’ll get a top-down view of him being held underwater, where the visual stays on the top of his head, while we get the carnage from the sonic landscape, then we pull out and see the aftermath.

    Anyway, I’m talking too much. Point is, I’m extremely skeptical, but I’m not grabbing my torch and pitchfork just yet. There are worse people that could have been associated with this movie than Richard Jenkins and Matt Reeves (then again, I kind of dug Cloverfield–if nothing else, Reeves and his team are master craftsmen).

  • 15 10-02-2009 at 7:45 am

    Joel said...

    Oh good God. No no no no no no no no. This will be ruinous.

  • 16 10-02-2009 at 10:32 am

    head_wizard said...

    Poor Richard Jenkins he deserves better than this.

  • 17 10-02-2009 at 11:07 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Will Richard Jenkins ground this with the same amount of not shitty as he did with Step Brothers, Fun With Dick and Jane, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Core, Stealing Harvard, Say it Isn’t So and What Planet Are You From?