Long-rumored, now confirmed–Deadline says Chloe Moretz is set to star in “If I Stay,” the adaptationof Gayle Forman’s 2009 novel. Long time documentarian R.J. Cutler makes his feature film debut with the project.
Here’s what the Publisher’s Weekly review says about the book on Amazon:
The last normal moment that Mia, a talented cellist, can remember is being in the car with her family. Then she is standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick and her parents’ corpses, watching herself and her little brother being tended by paramedics. As she ponders her state (Am I dead? I actually have to ask myself this), Mia is whisked away to a hospital, where, her body in a coma, she reflects on the past and tries to decide whether to fight to live. Via Mia’s thoughts and flashbacks, Forman (Sisters in Sanity) expertly explores the teenager’s life, her passion for classical music and her strong relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend, Adam. Mia’s singular perspective (which will recall Alice Sebold’s adult novel, The Lovely Bones) also allows for powerful portraits of her friends and family as they cope: Please don’t die. If you die, there’s going to be one of those cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school, prays Mia’s friend Kim. I know you’d hate that kind of thing. Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living.
Sounds very weepy. Also, not to nitpick, but would a teenager (15? 16 years old?) in 2009 make a Princess Diana reference? I suspect not–unless, of course, she had a really Diana-obsessed older relative, which is entirely possible.
Moretz continues to be very busy. She’ll be seen onscreen in August in “Kick-Ass 2,” then in October in the unnecessary “Carrie” remake. She also filmed the indie “Laggies” for Lynn Shelton and is now working on “The Equalizer.” She has “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” “Sils Maria,” “Dark Places,” and “The White Circus” lined up. Well, you never know if a child star is going to be able to transition to adult roles, so I guess she might as well do as much as she can now.