Talkback: Who Should Star in the Carrie Remake?

Back in January, MGM/Screen Gems tapped director Kimberly Peirce to helm their remake of Stephen King's Carrie, updating the supernatural tale after Brian de Palma's iconic 1976 film adaptation. The current frontrunners to play Carrie White, the sexually repressed telekinetic teen who wreaks bloody revenge on her classmates at the high school prom? Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz and actress Haley Bennett (The Haunting of Molly Hartley, Marley & Me), according to Vulture. Can either fill Sissy Spacek's shoes?

Fifteen-year-old Moretz and 24-year-old Bennett reportedly have the edge over other candidates who've read for the part, including Lily Collins, Dakota Fanning, and Emily Browning, which might indicate what sort of Carrie they're going for here -- with the exception of Moretz, these are actresses in their early twenties who can play teenage and have already dabbled in more mature material. (Spacek was 26 when De Palma's Carrie was filmed.) At the same time, Moretz is arguably the hotter name of the bunch. But is the world ready to watch Hit Girl get her period in the showers and go on a menstrual rampage at prom?

I mean, I'm sure Moretz could handle the material. I'm just not sure I can believe her playing vulnerable while doused in blood; the strength of her many badass roles to date has been in how assuredly she handles extreme situations despite her young age, not the other way around.

Bennett, on the other hand, isn't as well known to audiences and could probably disappear into the role more easily. Then again, Spacek was great as Carrie because she had that twitchy virginal weirdo thing down, and I'm not sure many up and coming starlets these days possess the ability to flip their freak-out switch on quite like she did. (According to Vulture, Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore are being batted around to play Carrie's religious fanatic mom.)

Are there any other potential Carries out there, or are these the best candidates of the bunch? How about Lindsay Lohan? Sound off below.



Comments

  • It's interesting because I think that you've got two totally plausible "tag teams" ie: Chloe Moretz/Jody Foster, and Haley Bennet/Julianne Moore -both "pairs" have a strong physical resemblance to their "partner" -I know that at least three of them are excellent actresses -I haven't seen anything that Haley Bennet's done. Granted she'd probably "disappear" into the role -but Chloe Moretz has a prodigious talent that belies/defies her years -she also has at least 5 horror titles behind her -Jodie Foster would be great as the mother -but I agree that Sissy Spacek would be a great "wild card" My vote: Chloe/Jodie -both believable -and bankable.

    • Joan Snyder says:

      @JULIAN TERRIS - "Thanks" for your excessive "use" of "quotation marks". It "really" makes what you're "trying" to say so much "clearer".

      • Patrick Hallstein / McEvoy-Halston says:

        You understand that with such a nasty reply, you come across worse. The "trying" bit was especially trying -- why cut once when in the effort you can do so twice?

  • Yippy says:

    I vote for being faithful to the book's description of Carrie this time, as she was described as overweight with bad acne. But who the hell am I kidding? They'll go for some vapid glamour girl.

  • allgonnalol@u says:

    moretz is awesome BUT i'm for team bennett/moore. that shit would be soo good. also, i'd love to see bennett gain the lbs and have grodie make up, but this isn't a solondz film, so..

  • HV says:

    Though both are over 30, Jessica Chastain and Bryce Dallas Howard could pull that role off. With the right hair and makeup, they could easily be aged down, and it certainly wouldn't be the first (or last) time someone over 30 played a high school student.

  • David P. says:

    Chloe Moretz is so obviously a mean girl. She would great as a creepy underclassman Chris, the Nancy Allen role from the original.

  • Seriously says:

    Courtney Love is a fantastic actress and could totally nail the role of Carrie's mother . She's a method actress and deserves a second chance in Hollywood. She is really fiery and can get possessed by her work. She became Althea in "Larry Flynt" and could definitely become Margaret White. I could see her winning an Oscar for this role.

  • Roxy says:

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