Chloe Moretz cast as Emily the Strange
Everyone's favorite pre-teen assassin (and soon to be everyone's favorite undead immortal) Chloe Moretz has just signed on for her next off-kilter role. Moretz is attached to play Emily the Strange in Universal Pictures' adaptation of the character created by Rob Reger way back in 1993. If you haven't set foot in a Hot Topic store for the last decade or so, you are probably unfamiliar with the character. Here's what you need to know about Emily - she's strange, she likes to be alone, and she enjoys the company of cats. She sounds oddly like most film bloggers I know. But, beyond that, it's hard to say just what an EMILY film will be like. Will she be saving homeless kitties? Fighting off popular girls? Channeling Daria? Well, that last one is a bit of a given, but otherwise, all bets are off.
Beyond selling lots and lots of tee shirts and stickers and lunch boxes, Emily does have four graphic novellas to her name, along with a Dark Horse comic book series, and a set of four book series of young adult novels from Harper Collins. So, despite my just knowing her as a pissed off face on a black cotton tee, there seems to be material here. And rest assured, Emily's own creator has full confidence in Mortez in the role. Reger said, "when I first met Chloe I knew I found my Emily...She really identifies and understands the character, and has what it takes to bring her to life." Well, okay then!
While I love Moretz's work so far, I find it hard to get excited for a film based on a two-dimensional character whose most defining trait is that she's, well, a little strange. It smells just a bit too much like marketing kicked up to the next level - merchandising leading to movies, instead of the traditional opposite. But if there's comic book material here to mine, maybe Moretz as Emily can usher in another kick-ass female anti-hero for the younger set to enjoy.
With LET ME IN opening next week, Moretz will only continue to gather the big buzz. The star-in-training also has HUGO CABRET and THE FIELDS on her fast-filling slate.