comScore
  1. Mediaite
  2. Gossip Cop
  3. Geekosystem
  4. Styleite
  5. SportsGrid
  6. The Mary Sue
  7. The Maude
  8. The Braiser

What's with the name?

Allow us to explain.

i swear by my pretty floral bonnet i will end you

Chloe Moretz: Carrie Will Be Psychological Like Black Swan, Hopefully With Less Hangnails


The girl playing the titular star of Kimberly Peirce‘s Carrie remake, Chloe Moretz, has provided a little insight into how she’s approaching her new, iconic role. One part of her research: not conducting any research, just diving right into Carrie’s head. She’s also saying that her version of Carrie White will head to an even deeper, darker, mentally-unstable place, similar to where Natalie Portman headed in the psycho-thriller Black Swan. And cue all the guys hoping that Moretz will share a lady love scene with Mila Kunis.

But seriously, this Carrie might be even more screwed up than the original.

In an interview with Coming Soon, Moretz says that in order to prepare to play the bullied, telekinetic teenager, she is avoiding the original movie directed by Brian De Palma movie at all costs. While she says the 1974 flick was “one of the best movies ever made,” this remake will be drawing from the book, rather than taking other cinematic cues. That, Moretz claims, takes a closer look at the dysfunctional relationship between Carrie and her mother, Margaret White (who may or may not be played by Julianne Moore) and will result in an even darker, more psychological movie along the lines of the twisted ballerina flick, Black Swan.

If you don’t remember Black Swan, that was the movie about a possibly homicidal head trip inside the mind of a mentally inflicted ballerina who envisioned herself actually growing feathers and turning into a black swan while trying to achieve balletic perfection in the most obsessive way imaginable. Also featured: a girl-on-girl love scene, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, death, and that freaking hangnail. If Carrie goes in that kind of direction … well, that would be sick. In a good way. Moretz says that in order to play Carrie White, she will engulf herself in Carrie’s issues and let go of her own. She described it as “an out-of-body thing” — an out-of-body thing that begins production June 1.

Moretz also had nothing but praise for Peirce:

“It’s going to be very well done. I don’t want to jinx it, but [Peirce] is a genius, genius, genius director. I would never do it with someone that I don’t trust. I trust her more than a lot of the directors I’ve worked with. She’s the right woman for the job.”

As a fan of Peirce’s work, I’m more than cautiously optimistic about this movie. I’m also interested to see how this movie will be updated now that bullying is in the forefront of people’s minds in a way that it wasn’t in 1974, to say nothing of how omnipresent it is on the internet as well as in schools. And then there’s the one-way trip to Carrie’s crazy town brain, and that should also be a trip.

The original Carrie could also easily be called a psychological thriller, considering how Carrie’s powers and problems originate in her mind. But if the remake goes even deeper, is it possible we’ll become more sympathetic towards Carrie? Or less?

(Coming Soon via Empire)

Previously in Carrie

TAGS: | | | | |


  • http://www.facebook.com/1shewolf JoAnna Luffman

    Reading the book, Carrie was sympathetic to me. She wanted normalcy, but her mother was fucking insane, and because of it she gets shit on by the kids at school, culminating with her snap. Had one of the 2 main stresses in her life not been a nightmare – family or peers- she might have been ok. 

  • TKS

    Chloe Moretz is quickly becoming my favorite lady actor.

  • Terence Ng

    She might have even gone on to become Phoenix, though that didn’t work out so well for Jean, either.

  • Carmen Sandiego

     She was great as Hit Girl in Kick-Ass and decent in the US remake “Let Me In”, but Carrie is supposed to be overweight and extremely hairy all over her body with dark curls, and ruddy, and pimply and not conventionally attractive.  I wish, for once, they’d retain that, because I think it’s important to the story.  Having an ethereal golden Hollywood beauty play her is a disservice to the novel.  And Sissy Spacek was and is an incredible actress, but she looks nothing like the character, and appearance plays into a lot of the torture from other students in the book.