MGM’s remake of Stephen King’s Carrie has finally found its lead in talented ingenue Chloe Moretz. Chloe has been quite in demand of late with starring roles in Kick-Ass, Let Me In, Hugo, and Dark Shadows – not bad for someone who only recently turned 15.
Carrie tells the story of a shy and picked on teenage loner, Carrie White, and her mother, Margaret, a religious fanatic whose insanity is matched only by her zeal. As adolescence brings changes to her body, Carrie also realizes that something is changing in her mind: she has the power of telekinesis. A cruel prank at the prom brings tragic results.
Say what you will about whether or not Carrie needs to be remade, this casting sounds perfect. This will be the third film version of Stephen King’s first novel. Brian De Palma’s classic 1976 movie earned Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie Oscar nods for their roles as Carrie and Margaret White. A not uninteresting version was made for television in 2002 with Angela Bettis as Carrie, and Patricia Clarkson her mom (Bettis was terrific, Clarkson unwisely underplayed her role). Both Spacek and Bettis were in their late 20s when they played teenage Carrie White and, if this remake moves forward, this will be the first time that an age appropriate actress will tackle the part. Kimberly Peirce (Boy’s Don’t Cry) will direct.
Within hours of her officially being cast, Chloe tweeted the following:
“Never been so happy in my life! Thank you Kim Peirce and thank u MGM for the chance of a lifetime i will never forget!”
Some have opined that, given Chloe’s age, the opening “shower scene” (wherein Carrie learns that her first period is not Home Economics) will have to be cut. I disagree. After all, though De Palma’s take on the scene was filled with steamy, slo-mo nudity, the TV version was able to dramatize the same incident without showing anything. The same will surely be done here as that “incident” sets the entire story in motion.
Others have commented that Chloe is too pretty to play homely Carrie White. To this I also disagree. Chloe’s unique features (dare I say she got that pretty tomboy thing down pat) are perfect for Carrie White. Simply imagine her with stringy/greasy hair, no make-up, and some of the fire we saw in her eyes during Let Me In … I can already see her orchestrating a symphony of hellfire from that prom stage.
Being considered for the part of Margaret White are Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore. Both sound great, though Foster earns points in that both she and Chloe were cast in their teen years by Martin Scorcese: Jodie in Taxi Driver, Chloe in Hugo.
PIPER LAURIE AND SISSY SPACEK AS MARGARET AND CARRIE
Between this new version of Carrie, Ron Howard’s Dark Tower project (which recently found new life at Warner Bros.), Ben Affleck’s take on The Stand (please let it be a trilogy), Warner Bros. IT remake (no updates in awhile), the anthology film The Reaper’s Image (featuring the King tales The Reaper’s Image, Mile 81, N., and The Monkey), and Jonathan Demme’s version of 11/22/63, our cinemas will soon be having a full-on King renaissance. We haven’t had one of those in our theaters since the 1980s, when seemingly every month brought a new King film.
Go Uncle Stevie! And congratulations, Chloe – you deserve it!
What say you? Is Chloe a good choice for Carrie? Is this remake a good idea?
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WORDSLINGER UPDATE 2/20/17
It sucked. 2012’s remake of Carrie was a completely unnecessary project that added absolutely nothing new except some references to cell phones and Facebook. Stick with Brian De Palma’s classic original from 1976. Shoot, even the miniseries version from 2002 was better than this. Chloe was good … albeit too pretty for the part. As for those other King film adaptations? The Stand … on hold. The Reaper’s Image? Dead in the water. 11/22/63? Hulu, JJ Abrams, and James Franco did a very good 8-part miniseries in 2016. The Dark Tower, IT, Gerald’s Game, and Castle Rock are all coming soon.