Fifteen-year-old actress Chloe Moretz (Dark Shadows)has been offered the iconic role of Carrie White in MGM and Screen Gems’ Kimberly Peirce-directed adaptation of the 1974 Stephen King bestseller Carrie. Moretz reportedly beat out Haley Bennett (Haunting of Molly Hartley) and Dakota Fanning (Twilight Saga) for the role.
Carrie tells the story of a bullied high school teen who develops deadly telepathic powers when she reaches puberty. After suffering a humiliating prank at her school’s prom, she freaks the fuck out and uses her new found skills to punish her classmates and her religiously retarded mother.
King’s novel was first adapted for the big screen in 1976 by Brian De Palma and starred Sissy Spacek as Carrie, Piper Laurie as her deranged mother and Amy Irving, William Katt and John Travolta as bullies.
Moretz is coming off Martin Scorsese’s epic fantasy Hugo, a Best Picture nominee at the 2012 Oscars. Notable genre creds include Matt Reeves’ Let Me In, the Michael Mann-produced Texas Killing Fields, Platinum Dunes’ The Amityville Horror (her scary movie debut) and, of course, Matthew Vaughn’s Kick Ass, in which she stole the show as pint-sized hero Hit-Girl.