Sony Pictures and MGM will release Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Carrie on October 18th. In the film, Julianne Moore plays Margaret White with her own patented brand of religious vengeance, more than making the part her own. I recently spoke with her about the benefits of re-adapting Stephen King’s book and how the process allowed her to step out of the shadow of the role’s previous inhabitant, Piper Laurie.
“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.”
Chloë Grace Moretz, Alex Russell, Ansel Elgort, Gabriella Wilde, Judy Greer, and Portia Doubleday also star.