If you see Madison Taylor Baez (Selena: The Series) out in the wild, you may want to grab a crucifix. I only say this because Baez will star opposite Demián Bichir in Showtime’s adaptation of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, and there’s no telling how method some of these young actors might go.
Currently sharpening its fangs for a pilot episode, the project is based on the 2004 novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Per THR, the story centers on a father (Bichir) and his 12-year-old daughter, Eleanor, whose lives were changed a decade earlier when she was turned into a vampire. After she was bitten by a mysterious creature, Eleanor and her father, Mark, were forced to live in the shadows and commit shameful acts to keep her alive. When she returns to New York City, Eleanor meets a friend who reignites her desire to regain her humanity, even as her condition brings out an animalistic power.
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The upcoming series also stars Kevin Carroll (Velvet Buzzsaw), who is set to play Zeke Dawes, the charismatic owner of a successful restaurant and one of Mark’s oldest confidants as well as one of the few people who know about Eleanor’s condition. Meanwhile, Jacob Buster (Colony, Suits) will play Peter, who suffers the same affliction as Eleanor. When his father tests a potential cure on him that backfires, a terrifying monster is unleashed. Finally, Ian Foreman (Dogwood), Merry Wish-Mas) will star as Isaiah, the quiet, sensitive, and small for his age kid who loves magic and is an easy target for the other boys at school. He does find a true friend in Eleanor but has no idea the threat she poses. Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, Power) and Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot) are also included as a part of the cast.
Showtime’s Let the Right One In is written and showrun by Andrew Hinderaker (Away, Penny Dreadful). Bichir is set to produce, while Seith Mann (Raising Dion, Elementary) is in charge of directing the pilot.
Kid vampires are adorable, right? It’s not like the concept isn’t pure nightmare fuel or anything. Considering how beloved 2008’s Let the Right One In is to this day, Showtime really has their work cut out for them with this one.