Update: Deadline is now reporting that Chloe Moretz has been offered the lead role in the Carrie remake, which will be directed by Kimberly Pierce. See our previous story on the casting below.
Although Stephen King's 1974 novel Carrie has been made over many times, fans of the horror scribe's tale about a shy, awkward teenager who uses her telekinetic powers to lash out at the bullies that taunt her can't help but be curious about Kimberly Peirce's upcoming remake. The Boys Don't Cry director is working on a faithful retelling of King's story that reports to be "more grounded" than the 1976 Brian De Palma-directed movie starring Sissy Spacek. While we wait to hear more about the production, one giant question remains: who will get to play the prom queen covered in blood?
is reporting that out of a pool of candidates, two names have risen to the top of the list. Star Chloë Moretz
and actress Haley Bennett
are apparently the two front runners for the title role. We recently saw Moretz put her horror-savvy skills to work in the vampiric Let Me In
— a remake of the popular Swedish terror tale Let the Right One In
. We'll be seeing her horror-comedy side in Tim Burton's upcoming Dark Shadows
remake. Meanwhile, Bennett recently starred in Gregg Araki's Kaboom
and will be appearing alongside Ryan Gosling in Terrence Malick's Lawless
. Both actresses have the acting chops to pull off the emotionally distressing role of Carrie, so it's anyone's game at this point. Dakota Fanning (Twilight
), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch
), Bella Heathcote (In Time
), and Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror
) have also read for the director. Vulture reports that The Descendants'
Shailene Woodley has already passed on an offer to take the title role. It looks like earlier reports of True Grit
star Hailee Steinfeld taking the part may have been wrong.
The second most-wanted role in the movie is that of Carrie's deranged, religious mother — a part perfectly played by Twin Peaks fave Piper Laurie in Brian De Palma's movie. Vulture shares that Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore are two actresses being considered for the fundamentalist lunatic lead. Their appearance would certainly lend more star power to the production, whose adaptations have been plagued by mediocrity.
Is the blood-soaked prom dress worthy of Moretz and Bennett? Who else would you cast for Carrie's unhinged mother?