EXCLUSIVE: Martin Scorsese is lining up his young leads for The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I’m told that Asa Butterfield will play the title character, with the female lead role of Isabelle going to Chloe Moretz, who is lighting up the screen in trailers for the Matthew Vaughn-directed Kick-Ass. She plays Hit Girl in a film Lionsgate debuted to raucous reaction at SXSW. Moretz also stars in Let Me In, the Americanized remake of the memorable Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In. She plays the bloodsucker.
Butterfield starred in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and most recently wrapped Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley will also star in The Invention of Hugo Cabret. (Sacha Baron Cohen Joining Marty Scorsese) I’ve also confirmed the film will be distributed by Sony, through the deal that producer Graham King’s GK Films set with the Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group. It seems odd to imagine Scorsese building a film around children. I can’t think of too many Scorsese films it would be appropriate for these kids to even see.