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Chloë Grace Moretz ditches The Little Mermaid for the Suspiria remake

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It seems that our Hit-Girl has become a Hit-Woman. Just a couple of weeks after announcing that she had decided to drop out of Universal’s live-action The Little Mermaid remake in order to “reassess who I am and find myself within my roles again,” 19-year-old Chloë Moretz (Variety drops the “Grace,” although it’s unclear whether this is an official move or simply a matter of economy) has taken a role in a more adult project, Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake.

Moretz’s role in the long-in-the-works remake, which began its life as a David Gordon Green project six years ago, is unclear. But she’ll be starring alongside Dakota Johnson (who would seem to be a lock for the starring role, brunette naïf Suzy Bannion), Tilda Swinton (a natural choice for a stern headmistress type), and Mia Goth. That’s certainly a striking—and talented—bunch, suggesting that Guadagnino aspires to emulate the strange beauty of Dario Argento’s original film, but with better acting this time.


As for Moretz, she’s played a variety of roles, from pure and innocent to wild and profane, so there are lots of possibilities. There’s the ballet student who gets thrown through the skylight, for example. Or perhaps the ballet student who gets her throat cut? Or the one who falls into a pit of barbed wire? Point is, there are a lot of grisly deaths to choose from here. Or maybe she’ll be the one doing the killing, which would tie in nicely with our opening sentence above.

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