You won’t be chastised for letting the Carrie remake slip your mind — the last news, which told of a directorial hire, was more than 2 1/2 months ago — but, whether you like it or not, the thing’s coming. And, if the following report from Vulture turns out to be true, big and breakthrough news lies right on our horizon.
So, at this very moment, it seems as though the task of playing Carrie White has been narrowed down to Chloë Moretz and Haley Bennett — the latter of whom will have a major role in Terrence Malick‘s untitled Christian Bale-starrer. (Strangely enough, there’s a nine-year age difference between the two. Maybe that could serve as a boost for Moretz?) Emily Browning, Bella Heathcote (In Time, Killing Them Softly), Lily Collins, and Dakota Fanning are reported to have all done readings with director Kimberly Peirce — after Shailene Woodley denied an out-and-out offer — though it’s indicated that Moretz and Bennett are actually the final picks.
But that’s not all! When it comes to the “showy” role (Carrie’s nutty religious mother), the production has set its sights on Julianne Moore and Jodie Foster. Just as those young girls have a big act to follow when you’re coming off Sissy Spacek, following in the footsteps of Piper Laurie‘s performance is, well, not a position I’d want myself in.
Should it be any consolation to these talents, the Peirce-directed rendition of Stephen King‘s debut novel — written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa — will bear more of a resemblance to the source material than Brian De Palma‘s ’76 classic; having read the book myself, I’d say the comparisons could be moot, in that respect. Could.
Then again, though, bearing the brunt of comparison to his movie is also a task you couldn’t pay me to undertake. Everyone here’s got a real hill to climb, is another way of putting it.
Do you have any favorites in this race? Is the Carrie remake even remotely interesting to yourself?
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