While Twilight drew more headlines and made more money than any other vampire-related thing in 2008, the year’s best bloodsucking tale came to us not from America but from Sweden. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, Let the Right One In – based on the novel of the same name by author John Ajvide Lindqvist – starred Kare Hedebrant as Oskar, a 12-year-old boy with divorced parents that fould himself constantly tormented by local bullies. That is until the arrival of Eli (Lina Leandersson), who despite her childish outward appearance was in fact an immortal vampire. Enchanted, Oskar quickly fell for Eli, and she for him, in her own twisted way.
Commonly regarded upon its release as one of the best vampire films in decades, Let the Right One In proved so popular that it spawned an American remake in 2010. Directed by Matt Reeves, Let Me In starred Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) as Oskar’s stateside equivalent Owen, and Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie) as Eli’s stateside counterpart Abby. While fairly well regarded, most would readily acknowledge that it doesn’t hold a candle to the Swedish original. However, that fact isn’t stopping TNT from developing a second English-language take on the story, this time as a TV series.
Returning to the original title of Let the Right One In, TNT’s series is written and produced by Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis, and moves the action to Vermont. Oskar’s name has also once again been changed, this time to Henry, and he’s been aged-up to 16. Eli will still be Eli though, and TNT has just cast 19-year-old Norwegian actress/model Kristine Froseth in the role. That’s her in the picture up at the top, and as will be quickly apparent to anyone with functioning eyes, her looks are much closer to Moretz than Leandersson.
Froseth is still pretty new to the acting world, having only appeared in one feature film so far, with her second movie effort set to come out in 2017. To be fair though, Leandersson hadn’t acted on film at all prior to being cast as 2008’s Eli, so Froseth is actually coming to the role with more experience than her Swedish predecessor. TNT has yet to announce a timetable for when its Let the Right One In adaptation will premiere. We’ll keep you posted on any further developments.