Young pre-pubescent actresses beware: Chloe Moretz is on the move. The actress who’s known for her witty, sarcastic, and sometimes R-rated dialogue in films like 500 Days of Summer and the upcoming comic flick Kick-Ass will finally take on a children’s film with Martin Scorsese’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret. She along with Asa Butterfield have been cast as the leads in the production that will mark the Oscar winning director’s entry into G-rated dramas.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a highly praised novel written by Brian Selznick that centers on a 12 year old orphan boy who lives within the walls of a train station. It follows his daily journeys as he interacts with several suspicious characters including a bitter old man and a bookish girl.
Just yesterday we heard about the addition of Sacha Baron Cohen and Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley (who also starred in Scorsese’s Shutter Island) and now Deadline has the latest casting announcement. Moretz has been cast in the female lead role of Isabelle, and Butterfield will star as the title character. He recently appeared in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Nanny McPhee 2 and The Big Bang. It looks like Scorsese is creating a dream-team of younger and older actors for his take on Cabret.
What do you think of the casting for the movie so far? Are you interested in Scorsese’s vision for the story?