First Look: Chloe Moretz & Julianne Moore in Carrie

Chloe Moretz has posted side-by-side shots herself and Julianne Moore in character as Carrie and Margaret White on Instagram, slightly different from the cropped versions on EW, after the cut.

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51 Comments

  1. August 23, 2012

    Shame on both of them. In the Land of Unnecessary Remakes this one is King.

  2. August 23, 2012

    Here here, Antoinette.

  3. Reform the Academy
    August 23, 2012

    Ewww

  4. rex
    August 23, 2012

    shame on none of them and who cares is if carrie is being remade a second time.

    p.s the original really isn’t that great

  5. August 23, 2012

    I love Julianne Moore, but the shot above doesn’t suggest that she’s giving her very best work in the role, and to surpass Piper Laurie’s performance, she’ll need to. At least she looks like she’s faring better than Chloe Moretz. A tough job, living up to either performance, but Moretz appears to be falling way short of what Sissy Spacek accomplished in the original.

    This is an ill-advised remake, and these shots don’t help to assuage me that this will be any good.

  6. tipsy
    August 23, 2012

    De Palma`s Carrie was great. TV remake was an abomination. This looks to fall somewhere in between.

    Spacek`s Carrie was iconic in no small measure thanks to a perfect match of blooded face and Spacek`s big blue eyes. I don`t see that in Moretz picture. Also, Margaret White was bat$it insane and Piper Laurie really capured that. Moore already looks too vulnerable and as if she`s sorry on that picture which is wrong. Margaret was remorseless religious fanatic of the craziest kind. That`s why she was such a great villaness. If they are trying to humanize her, that isn`t going to work.

  7. Koleś
    August 23, 2012

    So … ummm … why exacly are they doing this? And Kimberly Pierce? For real?

  8. GoOnNow
    August 23, 2012

    I join club Sissy Spacek, her Carrie is one of the ICONIC roles in the Hollywood Cinematic Experience: big -> BIG shoes to fill!

    And I agree with Tipsy that humanizing the mother is probably not the best of choices.

    Last but not least, the film has aged well, and it’s a 1974 film, like… 40 years ago!

    Didn’t a couple of directors recently list “Carrie” in the their top 10 Best of All time charts? Yes, I think two or three of them did that :)

  9. steve50
    August 23, 2012

    I just don’t see the point of this remake. Love Julianne, but comparisons to Piper Laurie in this particular role have her doomed to failure. Don’t know what possessed Pierce to choose this remake over original material.

  10. Casey
    August 23, 2012

    Julianne will be great. She can for sure play crazy! I’ll see it just for her

  11. caleb roth
    August 23, 2012

    Shame!

  12. Bryce Forestieri
    August 23, 2012

    Echoing the love for Julianne Moore but it sure looks like a piece of shit movie

  13. filmboymichael
    August 23, 2012

    It’s shooting here in Toronto this summer and the buzz surrounding the production and the performances has been pretty positive.

    I’m not the hugest fan of remakes, but they’ve always been a part of film culture for many many decades.

    I know the difference is celluloid, but revivals on broadway are usually anticipated than reviled – most theatre goers get very excited to see a new actors take on an otherwise iconic performance.

    Given the cast and the woman behind the camera, I can’t help but be mildly excited for this.

  14. Jon
    August 23, 2012

    While 99% of the time I don’t think remakes are necessary (I am a supporter of Ebert’s idea of remaking BAD movies into GOOD movies) and am a fan of the original, I am intrigued by this film. They have some very, very interesting talent in front of the screen and an intriguing director (instead of some no-name, talentless hack). In this day and age where bullying is being written about all the time in the press, perhaps this remake can tap into that issue? Add some social networking to the story and you MAY have something interesting.

  15. steve50
    August 23, 2012

    I can see the value of a high profile movie about bullying, so that is a definite plus. Agree that the cast and director are positives. Good idea about adding social networking, Jon. (I wonder what telekinetic powers can do to an Iphone). Just wish they’d gone for something new.

  16. Bryce Forestieri
    August 23, 2012

    Sam Claflin is gonna be Finnick Odair in Catching Fire. That boy is fine as shit <3

  17. rufussondheim
    August 23, 2012

    Hunger Games:

    He seems a bit too young for Finnick, but I’m no expert on the book, so not sure that my impression is a correct one. All I know is that he needs to be a good actor because he’s the emotional core in the third book as Katniss boringly wanders around in a swamp of antipathy.

    Carrie:

    I always get annoyed at stupid remakes and this is a remake so it’s more likely to be stupid than not. But then I remember that today’s youth couldn’t be bothered to see a movie that’s close to 40 years old. If this brings focus onto the greatness of the original than I guess it’s a good thing.

  18. julian the emperor
    August 23, 2012

    Chloe Moretz? I just cannot stand her. For such a young lady, she is so full of herself when she’s onscreen. She almost killed Hugo for me (otherwise Scorsese’s best work since The Age of Innocence). She is so self-aware and mannered in everything she does. Imitating Sissy Spacek’s iconic turn can only result in a flat-out disaster.

  19. charlotte
    August 23, 2012

    There was a TV re-make of Carrie????…and exactly when did this unfortunate TV movie happen?. Anyway, Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie fucking owned their respective roles in the original film. I like Moretz but, she looks more like one of the beautiful mean girls who tormented Carrie White. Moretz is a decent actress, but I’m not buying her as Carrie White…..the photos at least aren’t convincing me.

  20. charlotte
    August 23, 2012

    @rufussoundheim Finnick is supposed to be around 24 to 26 years old. Claflin is 26. I’ve never seen him in anything but, according to Indiewire, he’s a good actor. I’m very much looking forward to Catching Fire, I really thought Jennifer Lawrence did a fantastic job as Katniss and look forward to watching her work with Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch…I’m A total geek for this series, film, actors (LOL)!.

  21. tipsy
    August 23, 2012

    TV Carrie was so bad it even had built-in sequel ending. Claire from lost played Chris, the villain girl, and wasn`t half bad at being bitchy. I think there`s a direct-to-DVD Carrie sequel too.

    “Sam Claflin is gonna be Finnick Odair in Catching Fire. That boy is fine as shit <3"

    He was shit in Snow White movie if that`s kind of shit you`re talking about.

  22. Bryce Forestieri
    August 23, 2012

    I don’t know if it’s worth a post but the Directors’ Top 100 is up on BFI’s website. Might be old news but I just came across it…

  23. Bryce Forestieri
    August 23, 2012

    @tipsy

    you’re anal

  24. Joey
    August 23, 2012

    I’m sorry, Paddy M, but how can you make a statement that Julianne Moore isn’t doing her best work? It’s one picture of her standing there. True, it is not an explosive picture, but it could be from a quieter moment in the movie.

    It’s not the trailer, and it’s not the movie. We can’t judge the quality of the movie from two pictures. We can hate the idea of the remake, but I think it’s ridiculous that people are suggesting that the actual movie is crap because of the first images.

  25. Madson
    August 23, 2012

    Come on, this isn’t exactly a remake, Carrie is a novel and Pierce let pretty clear that she’ll be closer to the original source than DePalma’s film. And the pictures looks good to me, btw.

  26. Jeremy
    August 23, 2012

    Chloe…has some broad ass shoulders. Like a linebacker.

  27. ferdi
    August 23, 2012

    I’m not sold about Moretz, but Julianne Moore will surely be amazing. Humanizing the mother is the right way to go if they want something different and real and Moore is the right actress to bring terror and compassion to this crazy character.

  28. Porter
    August 23, 2012

    Moretz was not the right choice to play Carrie! She’s way too young!
    I think that Haley Bennett or Dakota Fanning would have been the right choice.

  29. keifer
    August 23, 2012

    I think what saddens me most is that Hollywood rehashes old classics and hits because it is devoid of any original thought.

    Independent films fill the void somewhat . . . but how many Hollywood-produced extravaganzas like Batman-Spiderman-Ironman ad nauseum movies can you see without going brain dead?

  30. cam
    August 23, 2012

    Am I the only one who sees the absurdity and hypocrisy in complaining that the actresses don’t look like mirror images of the ones from the original? What would be the point of making the film and everything in it exactly like the first? Isn’t that what some of the criticism has been about? On one hand, we don’t need a remake. On the other, if you can’t differentiate the remake from the original then the remake has failed. For god’s sake, quit comparing the two. It’s a new version more closely aligned with the book. Let it stand on its own.

  31. Ryan Adams
    August 23, 2012

    “Moretz was not the right choice to play Carrie! She’s way too young!”

    Moretz is 15 playing a 16-yr-old
    Spacek was 27 playing a 16-yr-old

    maybe Moretz is too young to be playing a group-up playing a teenager. But Chloe isn’t playing Sissy. She’s playing Carrie.

  32. Ryan Adams
    August 23, 2012

    Thank you, Bryce!
    …but hey, I can’t find the list of 100. Link please?

  33. rufussondheim
    August 23, 2012

    cam, I agree with you. Far too many people here place too much emphasis on stills and one sheets. And trailers!

    Very few people around here take the time to look at subject matter, the source material, the strengths and weaknesses of the creative team, and other things that truly matter. It’s the synthesis of all of these things that make or break a movie.

    I can’t think of any film that’s been definitively labelled as great based on its pre-release marketing strategy.

  34. Joao Mattos
    August 23, 2012

    ‘Ya know what? Yes, a lot of remakes nowadays, shamefully unecessary (“Tota Recall”, mehhh), but I can be attracted to this one.Actually those images leaves with the best of impressions. And De Palma remakes had a good past. Most people won’t agree with me but I think the “Sisters” new version is pretty cool (it helps that a great admirer of Douglas Buck previous works). And I see (some) qualities in the sequel of “Carrie” and that in the TV remakes. So, guess I’m being to “Pollyanna” but I think this maybe be good after all.

  35. Koleś
    August 23, 2012

    Julianne seems like a little risky choice for the role, but like someone said – if she’s at the top of her game she can pull it off. My dream choice however would have been Cate Blanchett.

  36. Mr. Pricklepants
    August 23, 2012

    They had better not remake The Shining. Stephen King tried it once and that (a TV miniseries) was a complete failure.

  37. August 23, 2012

    If this movie doesn’t turn out to be absolute shit – I could hear Oscar bells for Moore!
    But I have a feeling it’s going to be panned critically – nothing matches the original…

  38. GoOnNow
    August 23, 2012

    @ Ryan, forgive the terminology, but

    if Cloe is not doing a good job in the remake, I hardly give a fuck that she’s closer to the age of Carrie than Spacek was.

    Meryl played a 50-year-old in “It’s Complicated” when she was in fact 60, OMG, a whole 10-year difference :D

  39. Ryan Adams
    August 23, 2012

    if Cloe is not doing a good job in the remake,

    Might be a good idea to wait see and what kind of job she does, right?

    I’m answering Porter who said: “Moretz was not the right choice to play Carrie! She’s way too young!”

    I’m saying she is not too young. She is exactly the right age.

    I understand you’re probably joking. But I hope you don’t think the 10 years between 50 and 60 are as significant (or even as physically apparent) as the 10 years between 25 and 15. If that difference means nothing to you, good luck with dating and not getting arrested.

  40. GoOnNow
    August 23, 2012

    The film experience is not a real life (dating) experience, and Spacek, to me, looked more than convincing in that role, she looks younger than her age, and the creepy, yet vulnerable look she delivers is something Cloe naturally does not possess.

    I’m not saying that she’ll suck, you’re right about us having to wait and see the film first. But yes, the photos of both mother and daughter speak “disappointing”.

  41. Ryan Adams
    August 23, 2012

    I’m saying she’s not too young. That’s what I’m saying. That’s all I’m saying.

  42. Ryan Adams
    August 23, 2012

    i wonder why there’s no site where amateur critics can submit instant reviews of unseen movies based entirely on First Look stills and teasers and trailers and clips? Those reviews would be really interesting and meaningful, right?

  43. GoOnNow
    August 23, 2012

    hahaz, alright :D relax, I’ll buy you coffee or tea, or both ;)

  44. Mel
    August 23, 2012

    On one hand, we don’t need a remake. On the other, if you can’t differentiate the remake from the original then the remake has failed. For god’s sake, quit comparing the two. It’s a new version more closely aligned with the book. Let it stand on its own.

    Uh huh. The people who comment on this site are hilarious sometimes. I can’t fucking STAND the term “unnecessary” when talking about a film. Really b/c tell me what god damn movie is necessary? Food, water, ect is necessary. No friggin movie is. It’s art, it’s entertainment, it’s for anyone who enjoys it and is neither necessary nor unnecessary…it’s just there. Like it or fucking not, but please let’s STFU about “unnecessary” and find a new effing word to describe something you just don’t like the god damned idea of seeing.

  45. rufussondheim
    August 23, 2012

    I propose “unrefreshing.”

    I find the upcoming Lincoln film to be unrefreshing.

    It has a nice ring to it.

  46. Marquay simms
    August 24, 2012

    It is pretty to keep making remakes of a movie that’s already been good, imean what are they trying to prove??, that they can make a better carrie than the original classic??. . .no, no one can top sissy spacek or piper Laurie on the original Carrie

  47. Marquay simms
    August 24, 2012

    I meant it is pretty “dumb” to keep making remakes of a movie that’s already been good

  48. Mel
    August 24, 2012

    I propose “unrefreshing.”
    I find the upcoming Lincoln film to be unrefreshing.
    It has a nice ring to it.

    There ya go!

  49. Chance
    August 24, 2012

    When I see different versions of films/books, I want to cut and paste, finding no version satisfying on its own. Perfect example: Little Women. The scenes between Christian Bale and Trini Alvarado were so affecting that when I watch my favorite version (why wasn’t June Allyson a bigger STAAAAAR?), it’s lacking something essential.

    So, I love the original Carrie. But there will be something in this version that I like, which will make me like the original a tad bit less.

    That’s just me. And the world goes ’round.

  50. Tony
    August 25, 2012

    Does Julianne Moore have a thing for bastardizing classic horror films? Didn’t she learn her lesson from Psycho?

  51. Mattoc
    August 25, 2012

    Firstly, I have no problem with a Carrie remake. I think the timing is just about right to present a social study on bullying in current times. I hope they focus on the drama that the story has to offer, rather than the horror. Telekinesis is just not scary.

    Secondly, they seem to have switched the wigs for the actors.

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