Chloe Grace Moretz Lands Lead Role in “The 5th Wave” (@chloegmoretz)

Chloe+Grace+Moretz+DIRECTV+Hosted+Events+Sundance+a5APWqb-N12lSony Pictures Entertainment has closed a deal withChloe Grace Moretzto star in the film adaptation of the bestselling novelThe 5thWave, it was announced today byDoug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures andHannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. An original approach to an alien invasion movie, the film will be directed by J Blakeson, with a screenplay by Susannah Grant, based on the book byRick Yancey.Graham Kingwill produce through GK Films along with Tobey Maguire andMatthew Plouffethrough his Material Pictures.

In this tense thriller, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 16-year-old Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie meets a young man who may become her final hope.

Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said, “Chloe is the perfect Cassie and we’re excited to be building this movie around her. It’s been a great experience working with Chloe on several films, most recentlyThe Equalizer.She’s a phenomenal actress and embodies the heart, strength and determination that make Cassie such a compelling character. J Blakeson’s vision for the film is smart, edgy and faithful to the book, and will launch the franchise in a fresh and dynamic way.”

The 5thWaveis a phenomenon in young adult literature, with 20 weeks onTheNew York TimesBest Sellers list, 240,000 hardcover units sold, and 55,000 e-books sold. The novel, which has also had tremendous crossover appeal with adults, was honored with the 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award in the UK. The second book in Yancey’s planned trilogy,The Infinite Sea, will be published onSeptember 16, 2014.Andrea Giannetti brought the project to Sony Pictures and will oversee for the studio with Minghella.Denis O’Sullivanwill oversee for GK Films.

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