A new actress is very close to being chosen to step into the role that made Sissy Spacek famous. Chloe Moretz and Haley Bennett are being considered to show their dirty pillows and have a nervous breakdown during their first menarche in the upcoming remake of the 1976 horror classic, Carrie.
According to Vulture, the Kimberly Pierce-adapted film has narrowed down their search for the shy plain-Jane with telekinetic powers. The 15 year-old Moretz and the 24 year-old Bennett are the final candidates at the top of a long list of young actresses vying for the role, including: Dakota Fanning, Emily Browning, Bella Heathcote, and Lily Collins who all read for the lead respectively.
Actress Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) was offered the title role but quickly turned it down. Um, really sweetheart? Did you forget that you star in the God-awful ABC Family drama, The Secret Life of the American Teenager? You star in one movie with George Clooney and now you’re already turning down roles? Get over yourself.
Aside from casting Carrie, producers are also on a search for the overbearing and over-religious mother who was originally played by Piper Laurie. Pierce has already approached Jodie Foster for the role and is also extremely interested in Julianne Moore.
The upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s first novel is said to follow the source material more closely than the Brian DePalma version that fans know and love. The new script has been written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacassa.
Although I LOVE Moretz and everything that she does–the girl is friggin 15 and badass–I don’t think she fits in the role of Carrie. Her appearance and her past roles have always been tough and strong and Carrie was more weak and scared, until the end of the film of course. Bennett has that beautiful/awkward quality mixed with a slight timidness that would make her PERFECT for the role of Carrie White and I really hope that she gets the lead. If anything, Moretz should play the role of high school bully, Chris.