A TV series based on the Swedish novel-turned-horror movie Let the Right One In is moving closer to fruition with today’s casting announcements. The folks at TNT have also released a synopsis of their upcoming show.
Dracula alum Thomas Kretschmann and newcomer Benjamin Wadsworth have been tapped for starring roles in Jeff Davis’ TNT drama pilot Let the Right One In, based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist.
Let the Right One In is an eerie drama that centers around Henry (Wadsworth), a shy and lonely 16 year-old boy, who lives with his mother, and faces constant bullying from a trio of older kids–an almost daily torture. Henry becomes intrigued by his new neighbor, a girl named Eli (Kristine Froseth), unaware that she is a vampire. Baffled by Eli’s unique powers, Henry is befriended by Eli, and although he does not realize it, he has acquired a powerful, dangerous, extremely deadly new ally, whose real age is unknown. Kretschmann will play Inspector Eriksson, a foreign police officer who partners up with the FBI, who’s been on the trail of Eli and her protector and enabler for a decade, and thinks they have killed over 100 victims. He has been a few steps behind his quarry all along, having followed the exsanguination murderers across Europe to North America. He knows their methods, but does not yet know their faces and names.
In 2008, Let the Right One In became a hit among Horror Freaks and more mainstream movie goers alike; viewers responded positively to the genuine emotional drama at the film’s core, as well as its innovative twists in established vampire mythologies. An American remake, Let Me In was released in 2010. That film starred Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Richard Jenkins.