Martin Scorsese is going full steam for his first foray into family films with The Invention of Hugo Cabret. As of yesterday, both Sir Ben Kingsley and Sasha Baron Cohen were in talks for the film, and today comes news that the young stars of the film have now been found in Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz. The film is based on the 2008 Caldecott Medal winning children’s book of the same name by Brian Selznick.
Neither Moretz or Butterfield are new to films. Butterfield recently appeared in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and will be seen in the upcoming Nanny McPhee and the Bing Bang. He is playing the title role of Hugo Cabret,a young boy who lives in the walls of a Paris train station in 1930.
Moretz will be playing Isabelle, a young girl who runs a toy booth in the station. She was seen last year in 500 Days of Summer, and will soon be seen as Hit Girl in the upcoming film, Kick-Ass.
Cohen has been tapped to play the part of the station inspector and Kinglsey will be taking on the pivotal role of Georges Méliès, the real life filmmaker who brought us the groundbreaking film, A Trip to the Moon in 1902.
No word yet on when filming will begin or a possible release date.