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You may remember that earlier this year it was announced that MGM and Screen Gems were planning to remake Brian De Palma's 1976 horror classic 'Carrie,' based on the novel by Stephen King. As was reported, 'Boys Don't Cry' director Kimberly Peirce will helm the remake. Several pieces in fact were in place, but one big question mark remained: who would play the tortured, telekinetic heroine? While the question has not yet been definitively answered, it seems the field of viable applicants has been narrowed to two: Chloe Moretz ('Kick-Ass,' 'Let Me In') and Haley Bennett ('Marley & Me'). Over the last few months, the prospects have included Dakota Fanning, Emily Browning ('Sucker Punch'), and Lily Collins ('Mirror, Mirror'). Rumor has it that MGM has also approached Jodie Foster to play Carrie's fanatically religious mother (played in the original by Piper Laurie).
This is a critical stage in the production of this remake. 'Carrie' is a horror movie requiring of an incredibly strong actress, and it will absolutely sink the remake to flub the casting of the lead. I'm unfortunately unfamiliar with Bennett, but it does speak highly of her that Terrence Malick ('The Thin Red Line,' 'Tree of Life') has cast her alongside Ryan Gosling and Natalie Portman in his upcoming film 'Lawless.' I like the idea of Moretz for the part, if only because she's proven time and time again to be a fantastic young actress. Her turn in 'Let Me In' not only showcased her acting prowess but also proved her ability to carry a horror film. Moretz is also considerably younger than Bennett, though Sissy Spacek was nearly thirty when she took on the role in the original film so the importance of the actress' age is debatable. As to the mother character, I'd be interested to see what Foster did with the part, but I'm having trouble seeing her in it.
What do you guys think? Which of these young actresses would be your pick for Carrie? Do you like Foster for the looney mom?