Chloe Moreitz has been offered the lead in MGM’s in adaption of Stephen King’s first published novel Carrie. Moreitz will now go into negotiations with the studio to portray the shy and socially awkward teenager who uses her newly developed psychic powers to lash back at the classmates who taunt her.
Moretz reportedly beat out a number of other contenders for the role including Dakota Fanning.
Previously, the book was adapted to film by Brian DePalma, earning both Sissy Spacek, who played Carrie, and Piper Laurie, who played her mother, Academy Award nominations. The film also served as early career vehicles for Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, Betty Buckley and William Katt. The film’s box office success set off a seemingly unending parade of King film adaptations, though a majority of them did not reach the level of critical or financial success that Carrie earned.
This new version will be directed by Kim Peirce, who will set out to cast the rest of the film once Moreitz’s deal is set.