Earlier this year we learned that Chloë Moretz and Julianne Moore will star in the forthcoming remake of the 1976 horror film Carrie and today we get our first look at both actresses in their respective roles. Moretz plays the central figure Carrie White, a bullied teen with powerful telekinetic abilities. Moore plays her psychotically religious mother who abuses and ultimately destroys her own daughter. As I understand it, this version of Carrie will be focused more on the original Stephen King novel than the ’76 film but one things for certain … the famed “bloody prom scene” will be featured. Click below to see these first Carrie photos and learn more about the remake.
Carrie White in her prom dress, streaked with blood: It’s one of those indelible cinematic images that are harder to scrub from your mind than, well, blood from a prom dress. Boys Don’t Cry helmer Kimberly Peirce had a big, bucket-sized shadow to step out of when she decided to direct a modernized, more character-focused adaptation of Stephen King’s debut novel, which had already been mounted on the big screen by Brian De Palma in 1976. Chloë Grace Moretz steps into the role of the vengeful teen, while Julianne Moore will play her abusive, religious fundamentalist mother. Sissy Spacek was in her mid-20s when she played the bullied telekinetic schoolgirl, but 15-year-old Moretz has experience playing characters whose age belies their wrath. With films like Kick-Ass and Let Me In under her belt, she’s no stranger to bloodbaths, although perhaps never one so literal as the iconic dousing that turns Carrie’s prom into a fiery nightmare. ”We only have, like, four chances to get it right,” Moretz says of the infamous scene. ”Because that stuff stains your hair.” Though Carrie’s mother is a vicious, fire-and-brimstone tyrant who uses her own Christianity as a cross and abuses her daughter in the name of the Lord, Moore hopes that her portrayal of Margaret will still manage to hold a few grains of humanity. “This woman has clearly had a psychotic break, perhaps several,” says Moore. “But what’s sad about it for me is that she’s clearly sick and here’s this poor child in the thrall of this person who is seriously ill. And on top of that, they have this mother-daughter relationship. So we want to make that relationship as meaningful as possible, even though it is horrible and destructive.”
Carrie hits theaters March 13, 2013.
Here is a side-by-side comparison of these new Carrie images with images from the original 1976 film:
I was very happy to learn that Moretz‘s portral of Carrie in this new film has been getting some good buzz but I’LL be the judge when the movie comes out and I can see it for myself. I love both Moretz and Moore so I’m happy on that account. I LOVE the original Stephen King novel so I’m also happy on that account. My fear is that no film will EVER be able to surpass the original 1976 film and that this one will pale in comparison but … we’ll see. I’m encouraged by these first photos … even if this new version of Carrie can’t surpass the original, I hope it can at least hold its own.
So … these photos … what do y’all think?