Judy Greer & Portia Doubleday Join Chloe Moretz's 'Carrie' Remake
Director Kimberly Peirce is pulling together an intertesting cast for her bold new remake of Brian De Palma's Carrie, based on Stephen King's classic novel. Chloe Moretz is playing the title role, Julianne Moore is signed on as her highly conservative mother, and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) will play one of her classmates. Now Deadline reports two more solid actresses have joined the ranks, as Judy Greer will be playing Carrie's sympathetic gym teacher and Portia Doubleday has the role of the main antagonist, a girl who trigger's Carrie's telekinetic freakout with a prom prank that goes too far. Read on for more.
Embarrassingly, I still haven't seen De Palma's original Carrie yet, so I don't have much to go on here except for generic character descriptions. (I do plan on checking it out before this remake hits theaters, though.) Greer strikes me as particularly solid casting, since she can play the sympathetic card with the best of them. Her emotional range is rather impressive, and she can do comedy as well as drama, as seen in her work in "Arrested Development" and The Descendants. I'm not really familiar with Doubleday's work, as she only first got her big break in the 2009 Michael Cera movie Youth in Revolt, which I also haven't seen. (Man, I'm striking out left and right today.) In any case, the casting of Moretz and Moore alone is compelling enough to justify Peirce revisiting a classic, and I hope this lives up to De Palma's iconic 1976 original.