UPDATE: See the official image above - click below for a larger version
The first image of Chloe Moretz in Matt Reeves' Let Me In has arrived online, courtesy of an Entertainment Weekly early preview that's apparently only available in the print edition (hence the scan). Moretz, who was last seen as the somewhat controversial, foul-mouthed, ass-kicking vigilante in Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass, trades in her mask, guns and purple wig for a much softer, vulnerable-yet-dangerous look in Let Me In, which is a remake of the supremely excellent Swedish flick, Let the Right One In (which itself was based on a book by John Ajvide Lindqvist). Those who saw that film will immediately recognize what's happening in this image, and while she's not running up walls and jump-kicking bad guys, those blood trails right under her lip prove Moretz definitely gets her freak on during the film.
Our own Peter Hall sat down with Matt Reeves to talk about the film back at SXSW, where he made comparisons between Chloe Moretz and Linda Blair in The Excorcist: "When I was working on Chloe I kept saying, it's not about playing a vampire, it's about taking her and making her real and to deal with those darker sides of ourselves, the primal nature. When you think of the Exorcist you think of Linda Blair and pea soup and all this madness, but really if you look at the first half of that film, the stuff between her and Ellen Burstyn is so naturalistic and so real. She's incredible in it! People think "oh, it's the Exorcist and she's just doing crazy," but she's so terrific in it and so believable as this young, 13-year old girl. That was really what I meant in the approach of trying to get into that tone. To take this story as if it were utterly real, and if it's real, that would be horrifying."
Let Me In hits theaters on October 1st.