First Look at Chloe Grace Moretz on Set of CARRIE, Compares Film to BLACK SWAN; Production on the Horror Remake Officially Begins in Toronto

     June 27, 2012


Production has officially started in Toronto for Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Stephen King’s Carrie, starring Chloe Grace Moretz. Up until now, we’ve only been able to bring you casting news on the horror picture, which stars Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde and Ansel Elgort. The new press release provides a few more plot details, which leads us to believe they’re sticking quite closely to the source material.  I’m not 100% up to date on the differences between the novel and the 1976 Brian De Palma film, but Moretz recently stated that the new version will be closer to the book.  Hit the jump for more plot details on Peirce’s version of Carrie, along with a first look at Moretz in the title role.

Here’s the updated synopsis from the Carrie press release:

chloe-grace-moretz-carrie-remakeThe quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter Carrie (Moretz).  Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society.  Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday, Youth in Revolt), but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde, The Three Musketeers), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (newcomer Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc.

And here’s the first look at Moretz on the set of Carrie, dressed in the drab clothing of her title role (via Page to Premiere).  In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Moretz talked about her preparation for the role and compared this version to the source material:

“I’m not watching it (1976 Carrie) in preparation for the movie because we’re doing something totally different and I’m trying to bring my own take into it. I am changing everything about me—my hair, my look. I’m doing my own take on [the character]. The script is totally different from the [original]. It’s more like the book. It’s a more Black Swan version—it messes with your mind. You’ll see things, and you don’t know if you’ve seen them.”

I’m much more excited to see a different take on King’s novel rather than just a shot-for-shot rehash of the original film.  What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments.  Finally, here’s an image taken from the first day on set by Moretz herself (who will probably be taking a lot more, since she is a big fan of Twitter).


  • Leonardo

    i’ll wait for other images.

  • Dannyboy3030

    Didn’t they already do a remake of this flick?

    • D. McHugh

      Yes. They did a remake and then…did a sequel to the remake. That alone makes this new movie completely pointless. The ’76 film stands up so well against time. To me, it’s King’s best work. I’m a bit concerned about Moretz’s comment regarding making the film “Black Swan-like” and that “You’ll see things and wonder if what you’re seeing is really happening.” The minute they try to add spooky “Boogedy-Boo” into the movie is the moment they ruin it. Carrie works because it’s NOT a horror film. Carrie isn’t a monster, vampire, zombie or any other supernatural creature. She’s a real human being. The real monsters are her mother and the kids at school. The minute they take away the focus from those relationships and put it on “effects” or trying to make the plot more “cerebral or complex” is misunderstanding the depth of the message in such a simple but affecting work. Today, with all the talk about bullying from both parents AND kids alike, this movie is more timely than ever. As usual however, it seems they’re shooting for symbolism over substance.

      • Marie

        If you’ve read the novel by Stephen King himself, the 1976 version movie holds nothing to it. Don’t get me wrong the movie with Sissy Spacek was very nicely done but it didn’t follow the book all that well. The novel itself was quite complex and so is most of King’s work, he messes with the readers mind. He is a dark and mysterious writer and if the movie focuses on that sense then I believe that it will be a wonderful yet disturbing movie. If you read the book you will understand what I mean.

  • Sugreev2001

    Come on,must every classic be remade !?

  • Alphacentauri

    Brian de Palma’s “Carrie” is one of my all-time favorite movies. Larry Cohen’s screenplay brilliantly adapts the book, which has many perspectives and multiple flashbacks and flash-forwards, into a tight chronological telling of the story. The cast are brilliant and all excel, especially Sissy Spacek who will be an extremely hard act to follow – she got a Best Actress Oscar nomination for this role, in a blatantly commercial teen horror vehicle, which is quite a feat. De Palma’s direction is peerless here, literally stunning, and there isn’t an unnecessary shot or spare line of dialogue in the whole perfectly calibrated experience. If you’ve never seen the original, watch it soon. The only thing that “dates” it is the mid-70s setting; in every other respect it could have been made yesterday, and I don’t believe it can be improved, no matter how talented the current team.

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  • Gerry

    Dave Trumbore (the writer of the article) is on point when he states “I’m much more excited to see a different take on King’s novel rather than just a shot-for-shot rehash of the original film. ” Agreed. A shot-for-shot rehash wouldn’t have worked because, in my opinion, it would be impossible to out-do (or even match) the 1976 version merely by bringing the movie into the present day but keeping everything else the same (even with better special effects).

    In addition to their decision to stick closer to the book (which I’ve not read), I have complete confidence that this new take on “Carrie” will be a resounding success based on the formidable talents of director Kimberly Peirce and actress Chloe Grace Moretz. To fully understand why I state this, I strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t yet seen the following two movies to do so as soon as possible: 1.) “Boy’s Don’t Cry” (adroitly directed by Peirce and based on the true story of Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, a woman who chose to live her life as a man and suffered horrendous consequences as a result–Hilary Swank won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the lead role); and 2.) “Let Me In” (an excellent American remake of the Swedish film “Let the Right One In” in which Moretz’s gives a masterful performance as a vampire).