let me in casting

Overture Films has sent out an official press release announcing that principal photography began today on Let Me InMatt Reeves’ adaptation/remake of Let the Right OnThe press release mentions a few new additions to the cast, which include Elias Koteas (Shutter Island) as the policeman, Cara Buono (Kelli Moltisanti in “The Sopranos”) as Owen’s mother and Sasha Barrese (The Hangover) as Virginia. It was previously announced that Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz would play the leads Owen and Abby and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) would play the guardian of “Abby”.

The release points out that “while the new film will pay respect to the original Swedish version, [the filmmakers] intend to forge a unique identity for Let Me In, placing it firmly in an American context.” But we already knew this. President and CEO of Hammer Films Simon Oakes provides a quote, saying that the “The brilliance of [the original] 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.”

I know a lot of people are violently against this remake, but I am very happy with the talent that has come together to make it happen. And at very least, Let Me In will hopefully help mainstream America find Tomas Alfredson’s 2008 Swedish film. And lets face it, audiences outside of the film geek circles really need to see that film. Read the full press release after the jump.

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