Sony Pictures and MGM will release Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Carrie on October 18th. In the film, Chloë Grace Moretz takes over for Sissy Spacek as the tortured, telekinetic teen. I spoke with Moretz last week about the new film (which is actually closer to Stephen King’s book than DePalma’s adaptation), the inherent challenges of tackling such an iconic role and how someone as confident as Moretz could play such a shy outcast.
“Carrie tells the supernatural tale of a telekinetic teenage girl tormented by her peers. The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine, is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter, Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday), but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc.”
Julianne Moore, Alex Russell, Ansel Elgort, Gabriella Wilde, Judy Greer, and Portia Doubleday also star.