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Overture Films is announcing the start of principal photography on “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves’ remake of the Swedish vampire movie “Let the Right One In”. Shooting begins today and will take place in Albuquerque Studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since retitled “Let Me In”, the horror film will star Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Road”) as Owen and Chloe Moretz (“Kick Ass”) as Abby, the strange new girl in town. Filming will also take place in various other locations in the State of New Mexico before returning to Albuquerque to wrap in January.
In the haunting and provocative LET ME IN, an alienated 12-year-old boy (Smit-McPhee) befriends a mysterious young newcomer (Moretz) in his small New Mexico town and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood. The film is based on the bestselling vampire novel, Lat den Ratte Komma In, by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, and is an English-language remake of the highly acclaimed Swedish film of the same name.
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.
“This project is very personal to Matt as it is to the many passionate fans of the original story,” said Simon Oakes, President and CEO of Hammer Films. “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.”
The film has also added new castmembers Elias Koteas (“Shutter Island”) as the policeman, Cara Buono (“The Sopranos”) as Owen’s mother and Sasha Barrese (“The Hangover”) as Virginia. Previously, Richard Jenkins was cast as Abby’s guardian.