Hayley Knighten

Moretz to Star in The Fifth Wave, Dark Places and If I Stay

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Chloe Moretz

Chloë Moretz at the 2011 premiere of Hugo.

Chloë Grace Moretz has signed on to play Cassie in the movie adaptation of Rick Yancy’s young-adult, science-fiction novel “The 5th Wave” Later this year, Moretz will also star in “If I Stay” and “Dark Places: A Novel“. All three of these films are based on books. But these aren’t just books. These are really good books. She either has incredible taste or her audition list got mixed up with my to-read list. I’m guessing the former.

This is an extensive list and while I admire Moretz’s attraction to literary roles, her abundant line-up is enough to make film-goers and book lovers alike somewhat skeptical. Is she really the best choice for these three varied characters? With only a trailer released for “If I Stay” and a promotional still from “Dark Places,” it may be too early to say, but here are my first impressions:

The Fifth Wave

The novel takes place after four waves of alien invasions have nearly destroyed the earth and the human population. As one of the last remaining humans, Cassie fights to save her younger brother with the help of a boy who may be the key to her survival. Yancy’s novel has been lauded for his engaging writing and the exciting plot that has been described as a cross between “Independence Day” and “The Hunger Games.”

Anyone who has seen Moretz as Hit Girl in the film “Kick Ass,” knows Moretz can pull off action. Also, like Hit Girl, Cassie is cynical, strong-willed, and has a dry sense of humor. My bet is that Moretz will thrill audiences in this role.

If I Stay

Opening fall of this year is “If I Stay based on the novel by Gayle Foreman. Moretz will play Mia Hall, a girl in limbo after a car accident that kills her parents. Mia is left with a decision to make: will she follow her parents in death or stay with the boy she loves?

My initial reaction to Moretz playing introverted, cellist Mia Hall was somewhat skeptical. Initially, softer spoken actresses like Saoirse Ronan or Emily Browning came to mind. However, after seeing the trailer for the film, I am excited to see Moretz take on this role and think that the film will be a nice departure from the darker characters Moretz is known for. On a side note, another reason for book lovers to be excited for this film is that Shauna Cross, writer of “Derby Girl” (the book “Whip It”was based on), wrote the screenplay.

If I Stay opens 8/22/14.

Dark Places

Opening on the heels of “If I Stay” is “Dark Places based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. Dark Places follows Libby Day (played by Charlize Theron), a woman who as a child was present at the murder of her family and testifies that her brother was the killer. Years later the Kill Club, a group obsessed with solving macabre crimes, contacts Libby with questions about the truth behind the massacre. Moretz will play  Diondra, the girlfriend of Libby’s brother in flashbacks.

Diondra is described in the book as a “brooding metal fan.” Moretz is known for her darker roles, particularly after her turn as a vampire in “Let Me In.” I have no doubt in Moretz’s ability to fill Diondra’s adolescent shoes and look forward to seeing this film as well as Flynn’s other book-to-movie adaptation “Gone Girl” this fall.

“Dark Places” opens 9/01/14.

These three upcoming films are far from Moretz’s only ventures into book-to-movie adaptations. Some more of her work in the literary arena includes:

Carrie (2013) based on the novel by Stephen King
Kick Ass 2 (2013) based on the graphic novel by Mark Miller
Hugo (2011) based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Hick (2011) based on the novel by Andrea Portes
Let Me In (2010) based on Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) based on the book by Jeff Kinney
Kick Ass (2010) based on the graphic novel by Mark Miller
The Amityville Horror (2005) based on that 70’s movie that was based on the book by Jay Anson

Now I want to hear from you! Are you planning on seeing any of these upcoming movies and if so, do you think Moretz is a good fit for these characters? If not, who would you have cast instead?

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