Chris Pine to Lead MANTIVITIES; Alex Russell and Ansel Elgort to Star in CARRIE Remake

     May 15, 2012

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A couple of film’s got all actored up today. Here are the details on who climbed aboard what. First, fresh off playing in shaky-cam superhero hit Chronicle, Alex Russell has signed on for director Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie remake. Also getting in on the action is stage actor, Ansel Elgort, making his big-screen debut. The pair joins Chloe Moretz, who was previously cast as the lead. Based on the 1974 Stephen King novel (the book that kicked off the horror maestro’s prolific career), it will tell the tale of tormented high-schooler Carrie White, who, after being pushed too far by her classmates and mother, unleashes telekinetic hell. It was previously adapted in 1976 by director Brian De Palma, a film that still stands among the finest adaptations of the author’s work. Per Variety, Elgort has been cast as a friend who takes Carrie to the prom, while Russell will play a bully who ridicules (and, one would imagine, is brutally killed by) the troubled protagonist.

Hit the jump for info on Chris Pine’s latest.

Per Deadline, thechris-pine-mantivities once and future Captain Kirk will star in Mantivities, an independent comedy that sees a group of sophomoric 30-ish men pulling their collective act together to help one of them attain that elusive goal of maturity. Pine co-wrote the project with friends Will Greenberg, Robert Baker, Ian Gotler, Tony Liebetrau, and Drew Howerton. Reno 911! Director Michael Patrick Jann is currently attached to helm.

Pine will next be seen in long-lost-sibling drama People Like Us, (previously titled Welcome to People), followed by a stint as Jack Frost in Dreamworks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians, before finally donning the gold and black once again in Star Trek 2 next year.

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