Oscar-nominated actor Demián Bichir (A Better Life) has been cast to star in a Showtime series based on the 2004 Swedish horror novel Let the Right One In. The book by author John Ajvide Lindqvist was adapted into a critically acclaimed Swedish film of the same name in 2008 directed by Tomas Alfredson. An underrated American remake, Let Me In, was shot two years later by writer and director Matt Reeves.
“The series is both a love letter to the original film, and a story entirely our own,” showrunner and executive producer Andrew Hinderaker told IndieWire. “And casting a true artist like Demián epitomizes our bold aspiration to be one of the most terrifying shows on TV, and one of the most moving.”
The story follows a father and his 12-year-old daughter, who was transformed into a vampire years prior. To keep her alive and safe, the father doesn’t allow her to go outside during the day and feeds her the minimal amount of human blood she needs to survive. Things change, however, when the daughter befriends a young human boy when she moves into his apartment complex.
“Demián Bichir is one of the world’s most dynamic and engrossing actors, and his charisma and vulnerability will surely bring Andrew Hinderaker’s exquisite script to life, guided by Seith Mann’s deft direction,” Amy Israel, Showtime’s executive vice president of scripted programming, said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited about the potential of this show.”
Since Bichir is now part of the project, the question remains if the new series will cast a young, Latina actress to play his daughter. Also, we wonder if some of the vampire mythology written into the series might borrow a bit from Latin or Aztec folklore.