Sony Pictures and MGM will release Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Carrie on Thursday, October 18th. In the film, Judy Greer plays Ms. Desjardin, the gym teacher torn between her sympathies for Carrie and keeping an even keel with the rest of the students. I spoke with Greer a few weeks ago about the challenges of the film, mean girls, and what it was like to shoot the infamous prom scene.
“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, Julianne Moore, Alex Russell, Ansel Elgort, Gabriella Wilde and Portia Doubleday also star.