Update: Chloe Moretz Officially Offered the Lead in Remake of 'Carrie'

March 26, 2012
Source: Vulture

Chloe Moretz

I'll admit that Brian De Palma's 1976 classic Carrie is on my list of shame. The film is notable for being the first film or television adaptation of a Stephen King novel, and both Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie earned Academy Award nominations for their performances in the iconic horror film. Back in January, it was announced that the film is getting the remake treatment with Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Peirce behind the camera, and now Vulture has the scoop on which two actresses are in contention to lead the new adaptation. It's down to 15-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz and 24-year-old Haley Bennett. Read on!

Moretz has been one of the industry's biggest up-and-comers in recent years, showing her variety in films like Kick-Ass, Let Me In, Hugo, and Tim Burton's upcoming Dark Shadows. Bennett, on the other hand, isn't quite as well-known. She played the title role in The Haunting of Molly Hartley, and is probably more famous for Marley and Me. She'll also star in Terrence Malick's upcoming film, which was once called Lawless but gave that title to the project formerly known as The Wettest County in the World. In any case, I hope Moretz's age helps her out here, because it's always a bit cringe-worthy when you see actors playing high school students who are a good eight or ten years too old to still be in high school.

UPDATE: Deadline has word that an official offer has gone out to Chloe Moretz to play Carrie. Negotiations have already started and if all goes well, she'll be drenched in blood all over again.

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  • beevis
    "list of shame"???? what are you talking about - that's a classic horror film.
    • Lowrider_83
      here's shame: me wanting Chloe Moretz to be right now!
      • Cgreene159
    • sparky
      I think he means he's ashamed that he's never seen it...
  • BenPearson
    That's what I mean - my list of shame consists of movies I haven't seen yet.
    • Xerxexx
      You've at least seen The Thing the '82 version...right?
      • BenPearson
        Absolutely - love that flick!
        • Xerxexx
           Good man!
        • Tester
          Good save Ben
    • beevis
      my bad.....sure is an odd way of saying it though. i'd thought everyone had seen that one.
    • kLoBdRuM
      How did you get a job like this without seeing the original Carrie? I know it's snarky of me, but it really seems like something somebody in your position would have seen 20 times already.
  • Xerxexx
    Eh, not really a fan of Carrie...not really a fan of horror in general...I can name my favorite horrors films on one hand...and Carrie is not on it. Sorry to bitch, but a Moretz article requires a comment.
    • Jericho
      im actually right with you, although i am a horror fan, i never liked Carrie in any way shape or form......
      • Xerxexx
         i get the love the film has was wasted opportunities imo. 
    • grimjob
      Curious what your few favorites are...
      • Xerxexx
         Here goes: The Thing '82. 28 Days Later. Alien. Pet Sematary. Silence of the Lambs. All are subject to change, well not The Thing and 28 Days Later those two are the king and queen of my horror world O.o
        • grimjob
          Damn fine choices my friend. Damn fine.
          • Xerxexx
             Why thank you, dear sir.
          • Tester
            I concur, top 2 stand their place in time..  However, Pet Sematary was a terrible attempt at an excellent book
          • Xerxexx
             Indeed, but for a 5 year old that movie fucks with you in the most sinister of ways.
          • grimjob
            But Fred Gwynne was the shit. As always.
        • Scopedog
          Cannot argue with that list--it's ironclad, in my book. Although (and this is just me) I'd add the remake of THE RING, and the original PULSE...those two really scared the s**t out of me.
          • Xerxexx
             I found the Ring rather bland, the first half had me but it crumbled in the second half. Never saw the original Pulse...might have to.
          • son_et_lumiere
            Xerxexx, i'd strongly recommend digging out the original Japanese versions, especially Ringu, if you haven't seen it. that stayed with me for some time. fine other choices.
          • Xerxexx
             @son_et_lumiere:disqus I might go on a rental spree and grab some foreign films, I've seen bits and pieces of Ringu...may have to give it another chance.
          • son_et_lumiere
            @Xerxexx:disqus if you like the psychological and a focus on atmosphere, tension and creeping dread, you might like it. anyone can do prosthetics-based gore, and while some of that is also good, it rarely gets in your head... anyways, back on topic; i rate Moretz very highly, and i see her bringing something different from the sweaty, bug-eyed intensity Spacek did. but does she really want to be in another remake of an already well-respected role?
  • Funny you would make the critical comment about age, since Sissy Spacek was 26 when she starred in the original.
    • BenPearson
      Whoa, good point.
  • ShorginRuml
    well as long as they keep to the book, with the towns getting blown to hell as she makes her way back home, i'm good for it. the remake in 2002 for tv has that in it, felt closer to the book that way and the mother in that was just as evil as the orginal movie.
    • Scopedog
      Agreed.  I read the original novel years after I saw DePalma's film, and I was amazed by what was not included in that film--although I wonder if it was cut for budgetary reasons. The 2002 miniseries was good, closer to the book, and hell, it had Kandyse McClure in it....
  • Hasn't Carrie already been remade as a tv movie?
    • ur_babys_daddy
      Think it was on syfy? I could live without another version.
      • I think the effects were upto scifi level, seem to remember a scene at the end with a lot of people being impaled by cd's and getting set on fire.
        • Matthewsouth
          The movie you are refferring to, with the cd's and whatnot is 'The Rage: Carrie 2' which was made in 1999. The made for TV version was made in 2002.
  • MrChunk
    Perfect fit.  With Stephen King labeling "Let Me In" as 'The Best American Horror Film in the Last 25 Years' (and rightfully so), it only stands to reason he'd likely give his blessing to the talented Moretz...though the studio will do what they want, either way. One problem, though—timing. Max Landis ("Chronicle") admits his screenplay was heavily inspired by King's book, which begs the question: Is it too soon for another story about a lonely, bullied high school student from a broken home who comes into telekinetic powers? Hm...I hope not.
    • Jericho
      nope because kids eat that shit up like a new season of Degrassi....
    • Scopedog
      "With Stephen King labeling "Let Me In" as 'The Best American Horror Film in the Last 25 Years' (and rightfully so), it only stands to reason he'd likely give his blessing to the talented Moretz...though the studio will do what they want, either way." Good point.  I liked what King said about LMI, and hell, he was right about it being a damned good film.  And Moretz is a fine actress, and it will be interesting to see how this goes.
  • Moutchy
    I love the original, and I'm not too hot about the idea of a remake, but with Chloe involved, I'd actually be interested. That would be refreshing to see a teenager being played by a real teenager for once!!
    • spunkingupgo
      do you not think there's enough fucking teenagers in films these days?
  • Jericho
    i honestly don't see Chloe with that type of character except the rage scenes but she could easily surprise me..... and since its the director of Boys Don't Cry, you need to expect which girl would more agree to a ten second lesbian make out..........
  • grimjob
    I hate remakes. I hate that this "trend" is seemingly not going away. I will admit, there have been some decent ones released though. I'm against this, but Moretz is damn fine actor, and I'm really curious to see what she could do here. I hope she gets it.
  • Here's something shameful: I watched Ishtar and laughed. That's shameful. Never watching Carrie is just smart. That shit doesn't leave your head. This is why I drink while watching The Walking Dead.
  • Max Renn
    Meh, more remakes.
  • Chloe so pretty......
  • Phantomrockcity
    if they kept it based in the 70"s then yes, I think it will work.
  • TTumMM
    Remake again? Damn it Hollywood!!!
  • Jezebel
    She's only 14. How will they make her a Prom Queen? Btw -
  • David Banner
    Yeah.... Chloe Moretz is a bit young? But I guess we can buy that she can play an 17-18 year old? Gabrielle Carteris was 30-something when she played Andrea, so I guess it can work both ways? Speaking of shame, why thefuck do I know this factoid?? :)
    • Scopedog
      "Speaking of shame, why thefuck do I know this factoid?? :)" No shame in that....;D
  • spunkingupgo
    she sucks, spacek forever!




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