The trailer for “The 5th Wave,” an upcoming young adult sci-fi film starring Chloe Grace Moretz, was revealed at the 2015 CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week. In the movie, which was filmed in Georgia from October 2014 until January 2015, Moretz stars as 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan, who is living in a world devastated by an alien invasions that come in “waves.” These are when the aliens hide in plain sight among humans to act out their destruction. The film is based on the Rick Yancey book series by the same name.
International Business Times gave an account of the trailer from beginning to end, starting with the first scenes of Cassie attending high school and doing typical teenager things like pursuing her latest crush. Suddenly, a news broadcast warns everyone that an unknown object is circling the planet. Technology failures are caused by the first wave. A jetliner falls out of the sky and explodes. The second wave causes a massive earthquake. The third wave triggers the spread of an unknown disease that kills tons of people. The fourth wave is when the “invasion” began. Cassie survived the fourth wave, but her father was not so lucky. This is when she becomes separated from her little brother Sammy.
“I want to be ready,” Cassie says, while scenes flash by showing her preparing for battle in the next wave.
“If the fifth wave succeeds, humanity will be wiped from the face of the earth,” says actor Liev Schreiber, who plays Colonel Vosch.
The final scene in the trailer shows Moretz holding a gun and approaching a mysterious figure. She asks, “What are you?”
Cassie must overcome many obstacles to save her little brother. Along the way, she meets a young man who may become her final hope. Will she win the battle against the aliens’ fifth invasion?
“The 5th Wave” will be released on Jan. 26, 2016.
Chloe Moretz is surrounded by a sea of blue while dressed in her camouflage army outfit while filming a scene for The 5th Wave on Tuesday (November 25) in Atlanta, Ga.
The 17-year-old actress was joined on set by her co-star Nick Robinson, who was also pictured in an army outfit.
The 5th Wave is based on a popular young adult novel and follows 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan as she tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age.
You’ve been a professional for such a long time. Do you feel like you’ve had to grow up faster than most?
I’ve just become really comfortable with talking to adults since I was a little girl, and even when I’m with my friends, I’m really comfortable talking to their parents, more than they are sometimes. I think it’s because I grew up with four older brothers, and I was always talking to people older than me. And in some ways my career has definitely helped me with that.
Annika, your character in Laggies, is pursuing the idea of a love interest in its very early stages. That relationship is primarily platonic, but you’ve done roles that are more mature in that respect, and you’ve done a sex scene.
Yeah, I have. There’s one in If I Stay. It was definitely strange. In growing up and becoming a woman in film, I’m definitely happy to deal with more adult circumstances in movies. It’s obviously strange because my mom and my family are on-set, and I always have them around because I’m like, ‘Can you just tell me what’s going on and protect me in case it looks…not good, and just tell me what’s right.’ It’s done in such a fake environment that it never feels weird or inappropriate. It’s always going to be awkward because you have crew members staring at you wearing underwear with some guy.
How did your mom feel about it?
Because I’m 17, my mom has to be there on set watching everything that happens to make sure that it’s appropriate and legal. But my mom really trusts me. The biggest part is trusting that the director’s not doing anything that’s inappropriate or wrong and shady or creepy, so it’s just really trying to keep the entire set kosher and remind everyone of the age range.
It seems like you’re really close with your family.
Yeah! Super close. Everyone in my family is a very big deal in my life, and we’re all always really close to each other, which is kind of how we’ve always been.
Going back to your Laggies character, you’re dating this guy who everyone seems to think is a little bit dim. Was that hard?
The one thing you can’t do is get out of your character, so if Annika wants to like the guy, that’s the way it is. You can never judge your own character because then you’ll never be able to play it. There have been a few times where I’ve been like, ‘Ah! That differs so much from my own personal moral,’ but that’s your job. It’s nice because you get to see different sides of yourself.
In your own life, is it hard to date now that you have to take paparazzi and fans into consideration?
With people watching it definitely makes it a little bit more strange and less personal. But you can make any moment personal that you want to make personal, and that’s why I stay at home a lot and keep everything inside the confines of my home. People do want to find stuff out—and I’d rather they don’t. I like to have a molecule of privacy in my life.
Lotus Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce Chloe Grace Moretz’s coming-of-age thriller “November Criminals.”
Sacha Gervasi is directing from Steven Knight’s script, based on Sam Munson’s novel. Beth O’Neil will produce alongside Lotus, which is handling international sales starting at the AFM.
CAA and WME are co-repping the domestic sale.
“November Criminals” follows two teenagers into the underbelly of Washington, D.C., as they investigate the murder of their friend while falling in love for the first time. Catherine Keener also stars.
Knight and Gervasi are both represented by CAA. Moretz is repped by WME and Catherine Keener by The Gersh Agency.
Teens today might have a mixed reputation, but there’s no denying their influence. They command millions of fans on Twitter and Vine, start companies with funds they raised on Kickstarter, steal scenes on TV’s most popular shows, lead protests with global ramifications, and even—as of Friday—win Nobel Peace Prizes. But which ones rise above the rest? We analyzed social-media followings, cultural accolades, business acumen and more to determine this year’s list (ordered from youngest to oldest).
Chloë Grace Moretz, 17
The Atlanta native has already built an impressive resume with roles in films like (500) Days of Summer, Kick-Ass, Hugo and Carrie, and this year was no exception. She was the lead in this summer’s If I Stay, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, which netted $47.6 million at the box office (despite a considerably low budget) and also starred opposite Denzel Washington in hit thriller The Equalizer. Next up: roles in Dark Places, the film adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s gripping crime novel, and the sci-fi thriller The Fifth Wave. —S.G.
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NEW YORK – It’s August, but Chloe Grace Moretz arrives for lunch at the Trump SoHo Hotel shivering and tightly wrapped in a baggy black sweater over a pleated white skirt and top.
“It’s cold!,” says the pretty blond star of If I Stay, which opens Friday.
Perhaps, but things are decidedly hot these days for the 17-year-old actress and fashionista, who has just wrapped a string of movies and is about to film The Fifth Wave, the latest dystopian teen novel to make it to the big screen. (“I’m super hyped about it,” she says of starring as heroine Cassie Sullivan.)
But first she’s talking up If I Stay, based on the young-adult novel by Gayle Forman, No. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list for the third straight week.
Forman, who lives in nearby Brooklyn, shares the sushi and marvels at the living embodiment of her narrator, Mia Hall. In the movie, which is quite faithful to the book, Mia is in a coma after a devastating car crash. Flashbacks tell the story of her happy family life (at first she doesn’t know whether her parents and little brother have survived the accident) and romance with a young rocker, Adam (Jamie Blackley).
Moretz says she read the If I Stay script and was intrigued, but really fell in love when she read the book. She emailed Forman and the two struck up an online friendship long before they met last year. The two recently bonded on a multi-city tour, where they signed books and posters and screened the movie for fans.
For Forman, who visited the set in Vancouver, Moretz was a dream choice as Mia.
“I thought ‘who else can handle this role,’ because really it is two separate roles,” says Forman, 44, mother of two young girls. “There’s the vulnerability and the falling in love and then the Mia of the accident, who’s in this ghost-like state but who also has such emotionally wrenching scenes.”
Moretz, who kicked some you-know-what in Kick-Ass and its sequel, says tapping into her softer side was a challenge. “I think because I’m a young actress I have issues showing emotional vulnerability, being 17. I am OK with being fierce and cool and hard, I am killing people, whatever, but when I have to show love and happiness and elation, it’s scary. You’re opening up a side of yourself that no one sees.”