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WATCH: Moretz Faces a Huge Choice in 'If I Stay' Trailer

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 6, 2014 at 11:52AM

The great beyond--or, maybe, the almost-great beyond--is getting some real screen time these days.
If I Stay (Chloe Grace Moretz)

The great beyond--or, maybe, the almost-great beyond--is getting some real screen time these days.  There was "Heaven Is For Real" earlier this year, about a young boy who visits heaven during an emergency surgery.  And now there's "If I Stay," the Chloë Grace Moretz starrer about an aspiring musician sent into a coma by a terrible car accident who undergoes a day-long out-of-body experience and must decide whether or not to return to the living.

The film's been in the works for a few years since an adaptation of the best-selling source novel was announced in 2010.  Dakota Fanning and Emily Browning were both considered for the lead role before it went to Moretz, and two directors (Catherine Hardwicke and then Heitor Dhalia) were attached before R.J. Cutler (the documentarian behind "The September Issue" and "The World According to Dick Cheney") was handed the baton to head for the finish line.

Co-starring with Moretz are Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard and Stacy Keach.  As we noted last year when Moretz locked down the lead in "If I Stay," MGM is putting its chips on the young actress, even though her starring role in "Carrie" last year didn't scare up too much box office.  Not such a bad position to be in at 17.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.