The young actress Chloë Moretz is already racking up an impressive filmography, and she’s set to take on an iconic role in the coming remake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 classic horror film, Carrie. The original film, based on the Stephen King novel, won Sissy Spacek an Oscar nomination for her performance in the title role as an outcast teenager who comes to terms with her telekinetic powers and eventually uses them for revenge against the classmates who tormented her. The remake, still in its early stages, will be directed by Kimberly Peirce, who directed Hilary Swank to an Oscar win in Boys Don’t Cry, and made the coming home war drama, Stop-Loss. Marvel Comics and Glee writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has signed on to update the script.
Moretz beat out a number of other youthful starlets, including Dakota Fanning, Emily Browning, and Lily Collins for the role, which Vulture reported Shailene Woodley turned down last week. It came down to Moretz and newcomer Haley Bennett, before MGM and Pierce offered the role to Moretz. Vulture also noted that Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore are in the running to play Carrie’s fundamentalist mother, a part that also earned the original actress Piper Laurie an Oscar nomination. Moretz, who starred in Kick-Ass and Let Me In, is no stranger to genre-bending roles, even at the young age of fifteen. After her turn in Martin Scorcese’s Hugo last year, she will next appear in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
Moretz expressed her excitement on Twitter: “Never been so happy in my life! Thank you Kim Pierce and thank u MGM for the chance of a lifetime i will never forget!”