Julianne Moore Has Been Offered the Mother Role in the Carrie Remake!

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Fresh off playing Sarah Palin, Julianne Moore has been offered the role of another crazed fanatic--Margaret White, the title character's bible-thumping mom in Carrie, the Kimberly Peirce-directed redo of the 1976 classic based on the Stephen King book.

That's the one about the outcast who learns "it gets better" when telekinesis trumps pig's blood on prom night.

Julianne seems like a great choice--and for the title role, Chloe Moretz has been signed, which also makes perfect sense.

She's the slightly surreal and very talented girl from Let Me In (the remake of another outcast drama, Let the Right One In) and Hugo.

But here's the best news of all: No songs!


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piggywig70
piggywig70

Why not cast Sarah Palin as Carrie's mad religious zealot of a mother? Now that would be really, really scary!

Midgie
Midgie

Chloe is also in Dark Shadows. She's becoming the go-to weirdie. Her agent better watch out.

egghumor
egghumor

Sweet Juhhezus! This is so not necessary. Leave it alone already.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

I think I'm the only gay man on the planet who hasn't seen the movie, play or read the book...I just added it to my Netflix queue!

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Michael, NONE of this makes perfect sense.

They got it right the first time.

Leave it alone!

I am so tired of remakes and musical remakes and revivals of musical remakes.

burning_plastic
burning_plastic

I'm loving the characterization of "Carrie" as an "it gets better" story. 

Rob in Philly
Rob in Philly

Piper Laurie was scary!!--the horror of the original was having this relentlessly-crazed mother coming at you.  Not sure how Moore will approach the role--should be interesting.

LouisJ
LouisJ

Crossing every finger on both hands (including thumbs) that Moore accepts. She could knock that role into orbit.

Movielover
Movielover

She would be great as the mother!  I hope this is a good remake.  Usually they aren't and the original Carrie is a masterpiece, so here's hoping!  Carrie was one of Stephen King's books that was done really well as a movie.  The Shining is another. 

Ulu
Ulu

I think he meant no songs as opposed to the recently revived musical version of Carrie. The movie will surely have soundtrack songs.

Ynnocence
Ynnocence

What, no songs? When choosing between this and the older version, how will we know which is which? Even the original one had a couple, and they were ... awful. OK, good, no songs.

Rogie
Rogie

One crucial difference is - Brian DePalma, who among his Hollywood-brat group has emerged with the most distinctive body of work. Really! Twisted, bloody, funny, and scary when he's at the top of his game, minus the egotistic artiste-pretentions of the usual idols (Scorsese and Coppola especially), and genuinely perverse where Spielberg can only be, you know, serious. He hasn't gotten the same amount of attention because of his preference for "low" genres, especially horror, but there's no other director from his generation who'll be worth watching come the time.

Kimberly Peirce isn't so bad but I don't think she's in the same league, although she might just pull off a miracle this time or later. So I'm with you on this, re leaving well enough alone and finding one's own material instead.

Ynnocence
Ynnocence

Sweetie, I knew that the moment I saw the word Mother. I opted to ignore it because it had nothing to do with the cuteness of my comment, is all. But thanks for letting us know that, you know, you know.

Rob in Philly
Rob in Philly

Carrie would burn down the gym so that they could all see Russia from the prom. 

corrective_unconscious
corrective_unconscious

De Palma has a great, great camera style at his best and a very good sense of mise en scene. (No, I'm  not putting you on.) He is apparently a well educated man, based on his appearances on "Charlie Rose." However his perverse humor has always struck me as juvenile. Really unsophisticated in the context of his strengths as a filmmaker.

Jcrain
Jcrain

I think the whole argument here is whether or not De Palma is better or not than Kimberly Peirce. And I definitely agree that with Carrie he hit a home run the first time out. I don't get all this "he's not all that great because of his humor" argument. That sounds petty. But if someone wants humor that's less "juvenile," then they can hold out for the Peirce version. Me, I'll be staying home, thank you very much.

corrective_unconscious
corrective_unconscious

De Palma's humor is not heavy-metal punk, whatever that is. Certainly not punk. It's more like Insane Clown Posse. Juvenile. Not dangerous or stylish at all, imo.

Another thing I forgot to add is that he's a dreadful director of actors. He gets uniformly poor performances, but again a lot of that might be his penchant for parody coming through on purpose in the acting.

Rogie
Rogie

He IS vulgar, but I think that's the whole point. He channels the people who remain "underground" (early John Waters, Paul Morrissey, Russ Meyer, an entire batch of great porn talents) because of their willingness to lay bare what people prefer to ignore. At this point, of course, it all becomes a matter of preference. Mine is for witnessing stuff that would normally have lain hidden if not for a great talent's juvenile hi-jinks. To use a musical analogy, where Hitchcock gave out fine chamber material, DePalma turned it into heavy-metal punk rock. When I like something classical, I'll have Hitch, but when I want something more current, I'll be glad there's DePalma.

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