Julianne Moore And Gabriella Wilde Board Carrie Remake
kyle 2012/05/14 15:51:17
Margaret White, the mental mother of the telekinetic teen at the center of the horror classic Carrie,
is undoubtedly one of the most disturbing characters ever set to
screen. She associated sex and puberty with shame and sin, and so made
her bullied daughter's home not a sanctuary, but another place of
torment. Spitting out lines like, "They're all gonna' laugh at you," and
"I can see your dirty pillows," Piper Laurie created a menacing movie
mom for the ages. Now four-time Oscar nominee Julianne Moore will
attempt to top Laurie's Oscar-nominated performance, as Deadline reports she has signed on to play Margaret White in the upcoming Carrie remake.
The production helmed by Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Peirce had previously lined up Chloe Grace Moretz
to front the remake. While many horror remakes of late have been little
more than pale imitations of their source material, pairing Moretz—who
has dazzled critics and genre fans alike with her work in Kick-Ass and Let Me In—with
Moore immediately sets this revamp apart from the pack. Of course it's
still a risky move to redo something that so many deem a classic, but I
must admit curiosity as to what Pierce will do with the iconic tale of a
sweet girl whose staggering abuse at the hands of her classmates and
mother turns her into a psychopathic psychokinetic killer.
Also joining the cast is Gabriella Wilde who will play Sue Snell, the
popular girl who takes pity on Carrie, and was played by Amy Irving in
the original film. Casting Moore is an almost obvious move, as she's a
fearless, capable actress who can bring depth to even the most heinous
characters. However, Wilde's casting is a bit more befuddling. Her
biggest role to date was as D'Artagnan's love interest Paul W.S.
Anderson's Three Musketeers, which gave her little to do other
than stern or swooning at the arrogant swashbuckler. While Wilde
certainly has the look of a popular girl, it remains to be seen if she
can hold her own against such solid performers as Moore and Moretz. Also
troubling, next to Moretz, Wilde doesn't really look like a teenager.
Nonetheless, Peirce is a director known to make bold choices. Whether or
not these will pay off, we'll find out when Carrie opens on March 15, 2013.
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