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."