Chloe Moretz‘s titular casting in Carrie has earned a polarized reaction or two (can there only be one polarized reaction?) these past couple of months, but it’s hard to deny they’re getting these adult roles down pat. A few weeks after Julianne Moore found herself playing Carrie’s dangerous, God-fearing mother, BloodyDisgusting reports that Judy Greer (The Descendants) is in formal talks for a part — one only deemed with the title of “Gym Teacher.”
While I really, truly hope her character is only named and referred to as “Gym Teacher” in the actual film, both Stephen King‘s source novel and Brian De Palma‘s original adaptation fill this stock part with one of the few (if not the only) adults who show Carrie any sympathy. It’s one of the bigger dramatic roles — particularly when you talk about a film whose fidelity to actual drama I remain unable to determine — and a legitimate onscreen talent, such as Greer, should help alleviate some concerns about what’s to come. Some concerns. (Not that this is necessarily crucial, but the book named her Rita Desjardin; in the film, she was known as Miss Collins. I expect Kimberly Peirce will stick with the former for her take.)
Furthermore, JoBlo informs us that Ivana Baquero (Pan’s Labyrinth) has been cast in the part of Chris Hargensen — who, in some ways, is the primary antagonist of this story — while the previously-rumored Gabriella Wilde is officially signed to play Carrie’s only high school-aged aid, Sue Snell. In this case, there are opposites at play.
Carrie will open on March 15th, 2013.
Some more casting news has arrived from LatinoReview, who have learned that Aubrey Plaza will take part in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. You might, this early out, hear that name and not think twice about what it may signify, but herein we have a film that’s set to star Shia LaBeouf, Mads Mikkelsen, Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo, Til Schweiger, and Rupert Grint; right off the bat, that doesn’t sound so bad.
Fredrik Bond‘s film debut, written by Matt Drake, is a “gritty pulp romance” revolving around Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf), a “normal guy who falls for a woman (Wood) who has been claimed by a violent crime boss (Mikkelsen).” Plaza‘s role in all this hasn’t been detailed, but a forthcoming shoot means we should know more before anybody gets too impatient about the specifics.
Do the two films stand to improve because of these choices in actors?
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