Because absolutely everything that you've ever seen on a Hot Topic t-shirt MUST be turned into a movie, Universal Pictures has finally cast the lead in their filmic adaptation of "Emily the Strange." Best known for her scene-stealing performance in "Kick-Ass," Chloë Moretz will star as Emily in the film, which is based on the ubiquitous little goth girl (and her cats) that we've seen on everything from t-shirts to stickers to backpacks everywhere from record stores to tattoo shops to beauty supply stores to telephone poles."Emily the Strange" will be produced by Mike Richardson, who also publishes a licensed comic book version through his company Dark Horse Comics. "Emily" creator Rob Reger will serve as Executive Producer on the Universal film, and he hand-picked Moretz for the role. No writer or director are attached to the project yet.

"When I first met Chloe I knew I found my Emily," Reger told Deadline. "She really identifies and understands the character, and has what it takes to bring her to life."

"Emily the Strange" last made news in 2008, when Reger and his Cosmic Debris company were accused of "ripping off" author Marc Simont, whose 1978 book, "Nate the Great Goes Undercover," features a character to whom Emily bears an uncanny resemblance. Various litigation went into effect, but the conflict was settled out of court.

[Via Deadline]