*Article Updated 10/4/2016*
Chloë Moretz announced her "retirement" by dropping out of every upcoming movie she was linked to, but now it seems she's UN-retired? Variety announced that Moretz has joined the cast of horror remake Suspiria, alongside Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth and Fifty Shades's Dakota Johnson. It's great to see Chloë Moretz back in the biz after her (admittedly rather short-lived) retirement!
A Bigger Splash director Luca Guadagnino will be helming the Suspiria remake, based on the original 1977 movie about a dance school overrun with murder, evil and the supernatural. Let's hope that the project is good enough to join the ranks of the horror remakes that truly worked.
Check out the trailer for Dario Argento's 1977 Suspiria.
The recent news that Chloë Grace Moretz has dropped out of all her upcoming films to "reassess herself" caught a lot of people by surprise. After all, she's arguably one of the most respected young actresses in Hollywood today, and without a doubt one of the biggest names. At the age of 19, she's already a staple of the industry, having appeared in an incredible 55 films, including the Kick-Ass movies, 2013's Carrie remake and plenty more. With her starpower still on the rise, it's a shock to learn she's taking some time off so abruptly.
Check out Moretz in the trailer for 2014's If I Stay:
Thankfully there's at least a little more Moretz on the way, as her films November Criminals and Brain On Fire have yet to be released. But what happens after that? It's safe to assume she'll be back at some point, but what role will she deem worthy of a comeback? Let's take a look at what's next for Chloë Grace Moretz and how she could return to her acting career better than ever.
A Return To The Indie Scene
Part of Moretz's notoriety comes from appearances in independent and lesser-known films, like 2010's vampire romance Let Me In and 2014's Clouds Of Sils Maria. Films such as these helped Moretz make a name for herself as a serious actress, and taken into account alongside big budget roles like Kick-Ass's Hit-Girl have given her a pretty diverse filmography.
Her chilling performance in Let Me In as the vampire Abby received acclaim from critics, and she certainly earned it. Moretz managed to be mousy and terrifying all at the same time, and her eyes could send chills down your spine — that scene when she was drenched in blood was terrifying. Meanwhile, Sils Maria gave Moretz the chance to shine in a supporting role, proving she doesn't always have to be the star to succeed.
Both performances show she's capable of portraying complex characters, but some of her recent Hollywood films haven't provided the same opportunity. Roles in higher profile projects like Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and The Equalizer haven't given the actress as much dramatic material to sink her teeth into. Moretz has stated that she felt she'd lost sight of why she started acting in the first place, and a return to the more artistic world of indie film could be the perfect return after her hiatus. After all, some of her greatest dramatic performances came from independent films and it might be where she finds herself wanting to return to.
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The Infinite Sea — A Sequel To The 5th Wave
Fans have been hoping for a sequel to the dystopian thriller The 5th Wave, and you couldn't make it without Moretz on board. Based on Rick Yancey's Young Adult novel, the actress portrayed Cassie Sullivan, a survivor of an alien apocalypse who must rescue her brother from otherworldly invaders. Cassie's strong, defiant and incredibly resilient — she takes on swarms of aliens with ease — and Moretz brought all of that to the big screen. Despite negative reviews, the film grossed over $110 million worldwide against its $38 million budget, becoming a moderate box office success, with many hoping it could be the next big young adult franchise. However, the lack of news regarding the sequel has many worried that the studio will not move forward with a film adaptation of it's literary sequel, The Infinite Sea.
The franchise still has some life considering it did relatively well around the world. Could a sequel to The 5th Wave be just what Moretz is looking for in a return to Hollywood? She'd become the face of the franchise, and if Moretz returns with a renewed sense of artistic purpose then the sequel could be even better than the original.
Could We See A Sequel To If I Stay?
Moretz also starred in the film adaptation of hit young adult novel If I Stay, in which she portrayed Mia, a girl trapped between life and death who must choose whether to live in a world without her loved ones or die to be reunited with them. Moretz effortlessly made us all feel for her character through her powerhouse emotional acting. In fact, her performance received acclaim from critics and fans alike, leaving us hungry for more.
Much like with The 5th Wave, there's a follow-up novel — Where She Went — meaning there's more to Mia's story than we've seen. Young adult adaptations have been hot in Hollywood since Twilight, and now may be the perfect time for the sequel to this tearjerker, bringing Moretz back for another emotional performance.
Transitioning To Television
Moretz also recently revealed that she has set her sights set on television, and will be producing two different shows, for which she'll shop around. It wouldn't be a shock to see her star in one of them, especially considering the slew of top talent moving from movies to TV. Acclaimed actors like Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Matthew McConaughey and more have found success on the small screen, and it might be a good change of pace for Moretz post-hiatus.
Moreover, she's no stranger to TV and actually worked on quite a few fan favorite series before making a name for herself in movies. Appearances in the likes of Desperate Housewives, My Name Is Earl and 30 Rock helped Moretz prove herself earlier in her career, and there's no reason she can't return for some bigger TV roles.
With an impressive amount of films to her name in her young career, the sky is still very much the limit for Moretz. Whether she decides to return to her previous roles or becomes very selective in choosing, let's remember that she's always delivered solid performances. I have no doubt that she'll bring us even more memorable characters in the future. No matter what path she chooses, this is far from the last we have seen of Chloë Grace Moretz.
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