April 10, 2014 UPDATE: Our scoop has been confirmed by The Wrap and Moretz is in final negotiations. Meet your new Cassie, “5th Wave” fans!
The next potential YA franchise may have zeroed in on its leading lady. We have learned that Sony and director J Blakeson have offered the lead role of Cassie Sullivan in “The 5th Wave” to Chloe Moretz.
The Rick Yancey book on which the film is based takes place in the wake of an alien invasion that wipes out nearly the entire human population. Cassie is a 16 year old girl who is one of the remaining survivors. When her little brother is taken away by shady (human) forces, Cassie journeys to find him, meeting a mysterious young man named Evan Walker along the way.
There’s no indication whether Moretz will accept the role nor whether a deal would close, but this at least gives us some indication of the direction the film wants to take. They obviously want someone who’s a bit of a name, and one who’s had serious ass-kicking experience on screen to boot. Recently, while promoting the book’s first sequel, “The Infinite Sea,” Yancey told USA Today that casting on the film would be announced “in the next couple of weeks,” so we should be hearing official word on this either way fairly soon.
Moretz was last seen in the “Carrie” remake and next has indie comedy “Laggies,” crime thriller “The Equalizer” and Gillian Flynn adaptation “Dark Places,” as well as a different YA adaptation, “If I Stay,” ready to come out.