The term "It Girl" gets tossed around a lot, but there's really no other way to describe Chloe Moretz, the precocious 13-year-old who first caught our eye as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sage younger sis in "(500) Days of Summer," kicked some serious ass as the foul-mouthed Hit Girl in "Kick-Ass" and can currently be seen vamping it up (literally) in "Let Me In." But you know how we know that she's really made it? Because legendary director Martin Scorsese recently cast her in "Hugo Cabret," an epic adventure tale that marks his first go at 3-D filmmaking.
While chatting with Moretz about "Let Me In" last week, MTV News got a chance to ask the mature, intelligent teen about her role in "Cabret," what her experience has been filming the movie in London for the past three months, and whether co-star Sacha Baron Coen is anything like his big-screen thong-wearing alter-egos.
"It's a film about a boy named Hugo Cabret [played by Asa Butterfield], who's basically a street urchin, and he loses his father. His father dies. And he goes to live with his uncle who's a drunk and runs the clocks in a Paris train station," Moretz explained of the film, which is based on Brian Selznick's 2007 novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret."
"Then he runs into my character -- and his uncle's gone missing now... and we go on this crazy adventure through a Parisian train station figuring out my back story and his life and what his father had." We won't spoil much -- and neither would Moretz -- but this adventure involves a broken machine, some magic, a mean toy store owner and a train-station inspector played by the aforementioned Baron Cohen.
"Sacha is such an amazing guy, and he's actually really proper," Moretz laughed. "Like you meet him and he's like, 'Oh hello.' And I'm like, 'OK, what happened to Borat and Bruno?'"
As for the set, which is rumored to be magnificently elaborate, and the movie as a whole, Moretz had this to say: "It's a whole train station. It's amazing. It's phenomenal. It's something I've never been a part of before."
"Hugo Cabret" sports an all-star cast that includes Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Emily Mortimer and Michael Stuhlbarg. It's set to chug into theaters December 9, 2011.
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