Julianne Moore in Talks to Mother Chloe Moretz in ‘Carrie’ Remake

Back when it was announced that Chloe Moretz would be the new girl getting laughed at it Kimberly Peirce’s upcoming remake of the horror classic Carrie, it was also rumored that the director had a couple of names in mind for Carrie’s overbearing, fundamentalist mother. According to word on the street, either Jodie Foster or Julianne Moore were the top choices. Of course, word on the street isn’t always very reliable, so that was news to be taken with a grain of salt. In this case, however, the gossip-mongers seem to have been spot on. Bloody Disgusting is now reporting that things have progressed with Moore to the point where she’s in serious talks to take the role.

If things work out and Moore comes on board, she’s going to have some pretty big shoes to fill. Piper Laurie already portrayed the mother character very memorably in the Brian De Palma-directed Carrie, to the point where she’s fondly thought of as one of the creepiest and most evil villains in horror history. Moore already has one strike against her as far as horror fans are concerned due to her involvement in Gus Van Sant’s absurd Psycho remake, so if this film turns out to be as unnecessary and awful as that one, she could be marked as a pariah for life.

Recently the actress has received quite a bit of acclaim for her uncanny portrayal of Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change, which featured her performing a spot-on impression of the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate. One has to wonder if she’ll take a similar approach here, doing whatever she can to mimic Laurie’s already iconic performance. It worked for her once, but seeing as how very attached horror fans become to things, perhaps the better approach this time around would be to take the character as far in the opposite direction of what Laurie did as possible. Start mucking around with horror iconography and more often than not…they’re all gonna laugh at you!

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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