Overture and Hammer Films have officially announced the cast of Let Me In the English-language remake of Tomas Alfredson’s 2008 Swedish-language hit Let the Right One In based on the best-selling novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Directed by Cloverfield helmer Matt Reeves, the adaptation centers on Owen, an alienated 12-year-old boy played by Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), who befriends Abby, a mysterious young newcomer (Chloe Moretz) in his small New Mexico town and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood.
Rounding out the cast is Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) playing Abby’s guardian, Elias Koteas (Shutter Island) as the policeman, Cara Buono (“The Sopranos”) as Owen’s mother and Sasha Barrese (The Hangover) as Virginia. The filmmakers note that while the new film will pay respect to the original Swedish version, they intend to forge a unique identity for Let Me In, placing it firmly in an American context.
Simon Oakes, President and CEO of Hammer Films, was quoted in today’s press release saying, “This project is very personal to Matt as it is to the many passionate fans of the original story. The brilliance of that story deserves to be seen by audiences on a wide scale and we are excited that the pieces are in place to make that a reality.”
Principal photography began today in Albuquerque, New Mexico with the film scheduled for a 2010 release in the U.S. by Overture Films. Exclusive Film Distribution is handling worldwide sales and distribution of the film.