First came Jennifer. Then, Shailene. And now, it looks like Chloë Grace Moretz is about to become Hollywood’s next Literary It Girl — yet another actress-turned-superstar, thanks to a big-screen blockbuster based on a bestselling YA novel.
The news, via The Wrap, is that Moretz is set to star in the film adaptation of “The 5th Wave,” based on the alien-invasion thriller by Rick Yancey.
“The 5th Wave” is a new iteration of the dystopian trend that made “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” such successes, only without the far-future setting. This time, the end of the world as we know it is happening in the world as we know it. It begins with the appearance of an alien spacecraft orbiting the earth. And then, the waves: first, an electromagnetic pulse that wipes out the power grid, crashes airplanes and throws everything into chaos. Second, a tsunami that destroys the world’s coastlines and drowns everyone who lives there. Third, an avian virus that kills 99 percent of the surviving members of the human race.
Moretz will play Cassie, the story’s teenage heroine, who wanders through the wasteland of post-invasion Ohio in hopes of finding her brother — and who fully intends to kill anyone who gets in her way.
Moretz is no stranger to films based on books. After playing the title role in last year’s reboot of Stephen King’s “Carrie,” she’ll be starring this summer in the highly anticipated (and profoundly tear-jerking) adaptation of “If I Stay,” another beloved novel, by author Gayle Forman.
And while the actress didn’t previously have a whole lot of love for the YA label — she recently told Entertainment Weekly that she sees young adult fiction as unserious and lacking in depth, inspiring an outcry on Twitter from fans who vehemently disagreed — her decision to take on yet another project from the teen literary oeuvre suggests that she might have had a change of heart.
As someone who first came on the scene playing an ultra-violent teen assassin in “Kick Ass,” the role of Cassie is the perfect way to keep up the bookish trend while simultaneously returning to her tough-girl roots.