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Confirmed: Julianne Moore to Play the Mother of Carrie

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Confirmed: Julianne Moore to Play the Mother of CarrieMore great news coming in for the upcoming remake of Carrie! Everyone’s favorite revenge-driven teenager finally has someone to look up to. And then nail to the nearest doorway via sharp implements! Read on!

Deadline reports that MGM and Screen Gems have closed a deal with Julianne Moore to play the iconic Margaret White in Carrie, the remake that is being directed by Kimberly Peirce. In other news, the studio has also set Gabriella Wilde for the part of Sue Snell, the role originated by Amy Irving.

Look for Kimberly Peirce’s take on Carrie to be in theatres on March 15, 2013.

In the story shy high school student Carrie White (Chloe Moretz) is raised by a nightmarish religious fanatic mother (Moore) and comes to grip with devastating telepathic powers just as she reaches puberty. She eventually uses those gifts for lethal means when fellow classmates use the prom as an excuse to humiliate her before the entire school in a parable about bullying.

Sissy Spacek played the character in the first movie, with Piper Laurie playing her mother, and Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, Betty Buckley, and William Katt rounding out the cast. Both Spacek and Laurie got Oscar nominations for their work in the 1976 film.

Chloe Moretz in Carrie

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  1. I think this will prove to be a very worthwhile remake. Especially since they’re intention is to stick closer to King’s source material. It’ll be very interesting to see what they do with it.

    As for it being a mere “cash grab” by the producers, I don’t see that as being the case at all. Especially judging by the talent they’ve already lined up for the film. Were it to be a mere “cash grab” I’m sure they’d have simply cast a bunch of popular pseudo-teen actors from popular CW network shows & hired a hack director to churn it out ASAP. But, that’s definitely NOT the route they’re going.

    As for having to “ugly up” Ms Moore for her role as Margaret White, WHY?
    Piper Laurie certainly wasn’t “uglied up” for DePalma’s film. Infact, in an unsettling way, she was actually quite beautiful. Her uber-supressed sexuality is a huge part of what makes her such a cruel, controlling mother that’s always on the edge of religious hysteria.

  2. I think what it boils down to is adopting a sort of “Frankenstein philosophy”. To wit: There are dozens of films inspired by or directly based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel and most of them are actually NOT remakes of one another but rather different ways of adapting the original source material. And the first way isn’t necessarily the best. Case in point- I actually prefer the later Hammer Films feature Curse of Frankenstein to the original Universal version starring Karloff. I thought the creature was scarier as performed by Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing was amazing as the doctor. Plus, Hammer had a way of shooting in color that is incredible to look at even today. Touching on a another example, I think Cronenberg’s version of The Fly was far superior to the original, but the original is regarded by many people as one of the best sci fi/horror films of its era.

    DePalma’s film is a masterpiece of it’s kind- there’s no denying that- but there were changes made from King’s book and, if the creators of this new version are planning to go back and adapt the novel to the letter, then this might be a worthwhile creature in it’s own right.

    I will say that the quality of the casting is impressive. I’m particularly pleased to see that Moore is tackling the role of Mrs.White. I have always been a fan of hers. She is an exceptionally talented actress who has more than proven herself in a wide range of roles and I’m really interested to see where she goes with it.

  3. DePalma’s Carrie was bang on. There is no reason to remake this movie other than a soulless cash grab by people light on creativity.

    Stop naming the actors, tell us the names of the asshole producers instead so we have someone to make voodoo dolls of.

  4. She already nailed playing the part of one religious zealot (Sarah Palin). I don’t see why she couldn’t knock this one out of the park. Especially with the help of a good make-up artist to ugly her up a bit.

  5. Ugh..great. Julianne Moore can play bitchy roles very well. But Margaret White, nope. I know its impossible to fill Piper Lauries shoes, but cmon cant they come up with someone better?

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