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Rebooting Stephen King's 'Carrie': Kimberly Peirce Offers Chloë Moretz Title Role

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 27, 2012 at 1:14PM

Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry") is adapting Stephen King's "Carrie," the book that inspired the 1976 Brian DePalma classic that broke out Sissy Spacek. UPDATE: MGM and director Kimberly Peirce have reportedly offered the role to Chloë Moretz.
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Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry") is adapting Stephen King's "Carrie," the book that inspired the 1976 Brian DePalma classic that broke out Sissy Spacek. UPDATE: MGM and director Kimberly Peirce have offered the role to Chloë Moretz, who told Vulture, "I love Kimberly Peirce, I think she's a phenomenal director," adding that despite the pressure that will come with the role, "why not do something that excites you?" Peirce reportedly wanted Moretz all along.

According to Vulture, two young actresses were vying for the lead; Moretz and Haley Bennett. Moretz may be the bigger name now, with the likes of "Hugo" and "Kickass" under her belt at the age of fifteen. But Bennett, twenty-four, should get attention in Terrence Malick's now-untitled film ("Lawless" went to "The Wettest County"), in which she co-stars with Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. Her credits include "Kaboom" and "Marley & Me."

Dakota Fanning, Emily Browning, Bella Heathcote and Lily Collins also read for Peirce, while Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants") passed on an offer to take the role, which is ballsy, given that Spacek earned an Oscar nomination, and so far Woodley has not. In the running for Carrie's mother (Piper Laurie was also nominated in the DePalma film) are Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore.

Our poll is below; here's the classicly grotesque scene from 1976's "Carrie."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.