The recent Off-Broadway musical revival of Carrie may have gone down like a gym on fire, but that seemingly hasn’t delayed Kimberly Peirce’s remake of the Stephen King classic. According to Vulture, the Boys Don’t Cry director has narrowed her search to fill Sissy Spacek’s two-inch heels as the titular telekinetic heroine down to two frontrunners — Chloë Grace Moretz and Haley Bennett.
Fifteen-year-old Moretz (whose rep couldn’t comment on her potential casting at time of press) has already made her mark on Hollywood with films including Kick-Ass, Hugo, and the upcoming Dark Shadows. She’s also put in the blood work, so to speak, since starring as a ravenous vampire in 2010’s Let Me In. If Peirce favors a lesser known actress, Moretz may lose the edge to Bennett, 24, who has had smaller roles in Marley & Me and Music and Lyrics. For her part, Bennett earned her horror stripes playing the title role in 2008’s The Haunting of Molly Hartley.
Vulture also named Dakota Fanning, Sucker Punch star Emily Browning, In Time‘s Bella Heathcote, and Lily Collins as having read for Peirce, who reportedly plans to stick closer to King’s source material than Brian De Palma’s Oscar-nominated 1976 production. One It Girl who won’t be showing off her “dirty pillows” in Sissy Spacek’s iconic slip dress? The Descendants‘ Shailene Woodley, who passed some time ago.
As for the role of Carrie’s religious zealot mother originally played by Piper Laurie, Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore have reportedly been approached.
So, movie fans, who would you like to see covered in pig blood?
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