MGM and Screen Gems' remake of Stephen King's "Carrie" is seeking "Let Me In" actress Chloe Moretz for the lead role of telekinetic teenager Carrie White, according to Deadline.
Having met with Moretz for the past two weeks, MGM and Screen Gems, along with director Kimberly Peirce ("Stop-Loss," "Boys Don’t Cry"), are reportedly close to finalizing a deal following some initial buzz that Dakota Fanning ("War of the Worlds") was a possible candidate.
Once Moretz is brought aboard, the project is expected to assemble a supporting cast. It will shoot this year.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who rewrote Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark," is penning the adaption. He is said to be crafting a more faithful and grounded interpretation of King's 1974 book.
In 1976, Brian De Palma ("Scarface," "Dressed to Kill") directed a feature film adaption starring Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie and Amy Irving. The film was nominated for several Academy Awards, including nods to Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.
The story centers on a shy teenager who is cruelly taunted by her classmates and who decides to unleash her deadly powers during the school's prom.
A 1988 Broadway musical, a 1999 feature film sequel and a 2002 television movie followed.
Moretz will next appear in the Tim Burton film "Dark Shadows," which stars Johnny Depp.
"Carrie" was King's first published novel.
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