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Chloë Grace Moretz is a hugger. She may be a big movie star with memorable roles in Kick-Ass, Carrie, Hugo, and soon The 5th Wave, but she’s a Georgia girl first and foremost. So when we meet up at Bowlmor Lanes, a dimly lit, music-filled bowling alley in New York City’s Chelsea Piers, there’s no how-do-you-do handshake. Ready or not, she goes right on in for the bear hug. “I’m from the South—that’s what we do!” she says.

Dozens of teens have descended upon the alley’s lanes and arcade area. A few people are singing “Happy Birthday” to a little boy dressed as Batman. No one seems to notice the famous actress among them dressed in a black leather jacket, high-rise skinny jeans, and a gray T-shirt with the words “kind of like this but not like this” emblazoned across
her chest.

The die-hard hockey fan confesses she has a tendency to get competitive over the silliest of things—including a friendly round of bowling. After trading in her black slip-on Vans for a red, white, and blue pair of bowling shoes, she quickly takes control and starts setting up our names on the scoreboard. She types in “Coco” for herself. I go with “Striker.” (Full disclosure: I’ve only bowled a handful of times in my life and the last time was a good 12 years ago.)

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Chloe Grace Moretz to Star in ‘The Little Mermaid’ for Universal, Working Title

Sofia Coppola left the live-action project earlier this year following creative differences with the studio
Chloe Grace Moretz is set to star in “The Little Mermaid,” the live-action movie from Universal and Working Title that Sofia Coppola was previously attached to direct, TheWrap has learned.
Richard Curtis (“Love, Actually”) is nearing a deal to write the script for the film, which is based on the beloved tale from Hans Christian Andersen.
The original story follows a mermaid who saves a man from drowning and falls in love with him.

Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce, while Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger will executive produce. Universal executives Erik Baiers and Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio.
Coppola left “The Little Mermaid” earlier this year due to creative differences. Universal wanted to cast an established star like Moretz to justify the budget, while Coppola was open to making a discovery and more interested in casting a relative unknown. At the time, insiders suggested that Maya Thurman-Hawke was the favorite for the coveted role.

Moretz is becoming a favorite on the Universal lot, as she’s also filming the studio’s sequel “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.” She next stars in Sony’s “The Fifth Wave,” and has the indies “November Criminals” and “Brain on Fire” in the can.