Last week, I gave Matt Reeves‘ in-the-works remake of Let the Right One In some extra rope for optimism’s sake, as a result of the rumor that Philip Seymour Hoffman was about to sign on. Believing the hype, against the valuable lesson that Flavor Flav once hit me with, I speculated that Hoffman’s would’ve-been-marvelous presence would best work for the role of Eli’s (the pre-teen vampire girl who befriends socially-outcasted Oskar) guardian, the errand-runner who kills innocent folks to drain their blood for Eli’s satisfaction. But then the Hoffman rumor was quickly debunked, and I was back at square one of doubt for this project, now called Let Me In.
So imagine my pleasant surprise when I read this morning that the equally-great Richard Jenkins has officially joined the cast in that Eli’s guardian role. Jenkins, fresh off of his Academy Award nomination for the exceptional independent drama The Visitor, is a huge get for Reeves and Let Me In; not only does he bring a strong degree of credibility, but the guy’s acting chops are Ginsu caliber. For those reading who can give a shit less about indie films (and shame on you for that), Jenkins played John C. Reilly’s father in Step Brothers.
This falls in the category of anticipation as the new Nightmare on Elm Street film now. Like Jenkins here, the casting of Jackie Earle Haley as “Freddy Krueger” in that remake leads me to believe that the project is on the proper track, and must have a good-enough script and vision for actors of their kind to hop aboard. That may be filling the positivity-glass a bit too much, but we’ll see in late 2010 when Let Me In is released.
News spotted over at: Empire Online