Chloë Grace Moretz has been set as the lead of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, an indie based on Emily Danforth’s hot-button 2012 coming-of-age novel about a young girl who is forced into a gay conversion therapy center. Desiree Akhavan, who wrote, directed and starred in the Sundance pic Appropriate Behavior, has come aboard to direct. She also adapted the screenplay with Cecilia Frugiuele.
American Honey star Sasha Lane also stars alongside Moretz, and John Gallagher Jr., Forrest Goodluck and Jennifer Ehle co-star. Beachside and Parkville Pictures are producing the indie, with Beachside fully financing. UTA is repping domestic rights.
Danforth’s novel centered on Cameron Post (Moretz), a 12-year-old Montana girl who is sent to live with her ultra-conservative aunt after her parents die in a crash. She develops a relationship with her best friend, who happens to be the prom queen, and is sent to a “de-gaying” camp that offers conversion therapy.
Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtletaub and Jonathan Montepare are producing alongside Frugiuele. Olivier Kaempfer and Akhavan are executive producers.
The forthcoming remake of Suspiria that original director Dario Argento just can’t understand is moving forward with director Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash, I Am Love), and now Chloe Grace Moretz has joined the cast alongside Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Mia Goth.
Interestingly, this marks the third horror remake for Moretz in six years and the fifth in her career overall, if you count her supporting turns in 2008’s The Eye starring Jessica Alba and the 2005 Platinum Dunes remake of The Amityville Horror starring Ryan Reynolds as a totally jacked suburban dad. Did I mention she’s only 19 years old? Feel free to indulge in a moment of silence for your never-realized dreams of childhood stardom.
Back in May, Guadagnino told me that the remake would be his attempt to recreate the impression he had of the film when he first saw it as an adolescent, while also making it “extremely, extremely scary,” which sounds like a good goal! Intriguingly, he also suggested that the film — which will be set in Berlin in 1977, also the year of the original movie’s release — will hold a subtle allusion to the generational conflict that ensued in Germany 30 years after the Holocaust:
“It’s a movie about a moment in time [in Germany] in which [there was] a great divide between those who wanted to forget the past and those who were demanding the older generation to confront the past,” he told me at the time. “So it’s important. It’s about guilt. It’s a movie about guilt.”
Argento may not “get” the idea behind the remake, but personally I trust Guadagnino — a very talented filmmaker in his own right — to make an interesting version of this story at the very least. For the record, there’s no clarification yet on which character Moretz will be playing.
Released in 1977, Suspiria was praised for its bold, surreal imagery and dreamlike tone and established Argento as a master of the horror genre. The film centers on an American ballet student (Jessica Harper) who comes to the horrifying realization that her new school in Munich is controlled by a coven of witches. Last October, the film came in at No. 13 on HitFix’s Ultimate Horror Poll, which surveyed over 100 filmmakers, actors and experts in the horror genre to come up with a definitive list of the 100 greatest horror movies of all time.
Chloë Grace Moretz has “pulled the plug” on all of her movies, the 19-year-old actress told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week.
Chloë had previously been slated to star in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. That said, we’re not sure what this means for the fate of the movie, or who will take Chloë’s place. (It’s still listed on Chloë’s IMDB page, but as the movie is only announced and not yet in production, things can change. Any other not-yet-released movies listed for Chloë are in post-production.)
Chloë told The Hollywood Reporter that she had begun to take on so many projects that she started to lose sight of why she went into acting in the first place. “I want to reassess who I am and find myself within my roles again,” Chloë explained. “I’m realizing that I can slow down.”
However, Chloë isn’t completely disappearing from Hollywood. She told THR that she’s turning her focus to producing, and will be working on a couple of television shows.
We’re glad to see that Chloë is placing a priority on her personal growth and emotional health. She claimed her first role at age 7 and she’s been in over 50 films. We all need to take breaks from time to time, and even celebrities sometimes need a vacation from the spotlight.