It's no secret that we love Julianne Moore. And we admit that she's played her fair share of frightening moms (Save Grace anyone?). But now, according to Deadline, it seems she is set to take the role of Carrie White's fanatically Christian, abusive mother in the Kimberly Peirce-directed remake of the 1976 Brian De Palma-directed film Carrie. That's right: the iconic role previously filled by Piper Laurie. Actress Chloe Moretz is already set to play the young telepath woman whose makes it one very memorable prom night.
We recently saw the revival of the stage version of Carrie, which was castrated (hysterectomied?) of much of its power by being played straight as an anti-bullying message play--something we hope doesn't happen with the remake of one of our favorite Stephen King classics (I never actually watched the 2002 TV-movie that starred Patricia Clarkson and Angela Bettis).
Moore was most recently jaw-dropping in the HBO movie Game Change, in which she played Sarah Palin with ferocious intensity. But Margaret White is something all together different. And it could tip the scales one way or the other on Ms. Moore. So to Peirce, who we loved for her films Boys Don't Cry and Stop-Loss, we say: Don't fuck it up.
Just to remind you, here's a compilation of Piper Laurie's scenes in the original Carrie.