The upcoming remake of Carrie is a continual tale of good news and bad news. The bad news is that they’re once again remaking a movie that still holds up perfectly well. But the good news is that they’ve hired director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) to take on the project, and if there’s anyone who can do something interesting with the material, it’s probably her.
So far, this pattern holds true for the casting as well. The good news is that Megan Fox is not being mentioned as a possibility for taking on the title role. Carrie is supposed to be homely and awkward, and picturing Megan Fox trying to play the weird girl that everyone picks on was enough to make one lose their marbles. The bad news comes from a Vulture report that the casting of the role has come down to one of two names, and, once again, the actresses being looked at seem way too conventionally attractive and charming to be good choices. Their sources have the decision being made between either Let Me In star Chloë Moretz or Marley & Me actress Haley Bennett.
Let’s focus on the good news here. While it’s hard to picture either of these young ladies embodying anything as memorably awkward as Sissy Spacek’s portrayal of the Carrie character in the Brian De Palma original, perhaps one or the other might have the chops to overcome their inherent beauty and successfully pull off strange. Certainly either must have a better chance than Fox, who has yet to show a mastery of anything other than blankly staring off into the distance while attempting a lip pout.
And it sounds like they could be helped along the way by a seriously talented supporting player if everything works out – reportedly either Jodie Foster or Julianne Moore are being looked at to play Carrie’s unhinged, controlling mother. Put one of those ladies on set as a mentor and factor in that Moretz and Bennett have already beat out names like Dakota Fanning, Emily Browning, and Lily Collins for the role, and there’s still a chance this remake could come up with something interesting for the Carrie character.
The short list of gorgeous actresses they were looking at seems a little scary though. Hopefully this just doesn’t end up being one of those dumb, modern teen movies where everyone is mind-bendingly attractive, no matter what role they’re playing. That would be a serious disservice to the source material.