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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Chloe Moretz to star in “Carrie” remake

Generally I don’t get too excited about remakes (what am I saying? generally I barely lift my eyes from my Diet Coke), but this sounds potentially interesting: Kimberly Peirce, who’s only directed one feature film (“Stop-Loss” in 2008) since bursting onto the scene with “Boys Don’t Cry” in 1999, has signed to direct a new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “Carrie”. (This is one of those deals where they say it’s Not A Remake, It’s A Re-Imagining Of The Original Source Material And Not A Copy Of The First Movie. Like we’re not going to compare it to Brian DePalma’s 1976 film, which starred Sissy Spacek and still scares the hell out of me.) And today it’s announced that Chloe Moretz (who used to be known as Chloe Grace Moretz; did she drop a name, or is Deadline.com being extra-casual?) will play the title role. Moretz, who turned 15 last month, is a little young for the role: Carrie is, I think, a high school senior, and Spacek was a young-looking 26 when she played her. But she’s got an uncanny sense of self-possession (anyone else catch her on “30 Rock” last week? Hilarious), and just might work out. But who will play her mother? Wouldn’t it be kind of great if Spacek did it? Or Amy Irving? (I’m just dreaming here; no possibilities have been announced.) We shall see.

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