Gordon, Moretz Land Wimpy Kid Leads

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Zachary Gordon has landed the title role in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Fox 2000’s adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s best-selling illustrated novels, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Chloe Moretz is in negotiations for the female lead. Thor Freudenthal is directing.

The film follows the travails of smart-aleck middle-school student Greg Heffley (Gordon) during the course of an academic year.

Moretz will play an intense student with a wry sense of humor who dresses in all black.

Rachel Harris (The Hangover) has been cast as Gordon’s mother.

Jeff Filgo & Jackie Filgo and Jeff Judah & Gabe Sachs wrote the screenplay.