Remember the casting rumors last week about Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee being cast in the American remake of Let The Right One In? Turns out they were two-thirds right. THR is reporting today that Richard Jenkins will be playing the lead adult role, not Hoffman, but Moretz and Smit-McPhee will play the two central roles, Moretz a young vampire who falls in love with troubled Owen, played by Smit-McPhee.

This casting all sounds great-- Jenkins is welcome anywhere, Moretz has already shown the kind of wisdom beyond her years necessary for the role in 500 Days of Summer, and Smit-McPhee is reportedly terrific in The Road. I'm troubled by one detail, though-- production is scheduled to start this fall in New Mexico, which is not exactly known for the snowy climates that dominated the original Swedish film. We'd originally heard that director Matt Reeves (you may recognize that name from Cloverfield) planned to set the American version in Colorado. Is this a change of plans, or will New Mexico somehow fake a lot of snowstorms?

It wouldn't surprise me to see much of the filming take place on soundstages-- the original film featured a lot of outdoor snowy scenes, of course, but also had a claustrophobic, dark feel that might work well when filmed indoors. I'm choosing to live in hope when it comes to this film, so I'm counting on some kind of logical explanation coming down the pipeline sooner or later.

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