It was announced online today that MGM and Screen Gems have offered the titular role in their remake of the classic Brian DePalma horror film Carrie to 15-year-old actress Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass, Hugo). The retelling of the 1974 Stephen King novel being directed by Kimberly Peirce (Stop-Loss, Boys Don’t Cry) is slated for a late 2013 release-date. A couple months back when the film was first announced, it was revealed that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who helped rewrite the best-selling Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark Broadway musical, had penned the new adaptation. Aguirre-Sacasa is said to have written a version that’s more faithful to the original novel and more grounded than the original film.
Carrie is about a girl in high school who’s regularly bullied by her classmates and her mother. Unbeknownst to them however, Carrie possesses dangerous telepathic powers. Just when it seems like her life is starting to turn around as she stands on stage with her hot date at prom, she falls victim to a mean-spirited prank designed by her peers. In an iconic and chilling scene, Carrie unleashes her psychic rage upon the high school prom.
We know thanks to Kick-Ass and Let Me In (the American retelling of Let The Right One In) that Moretz has the acting chops to pull off the role. She’s proved that she’s comfortable with a wide range of roles ranging from sweet and innocent to violent and dangerous. When (and if) she officially signs on, the studio will turn its attention to casting the roles of Carrie’s prom date and her mother.
Check out the trailer for the original 1976 Carrie, Directed by Brian DePalma.