Already a familiar talent to horror fans for her vampiric turn in Matt Reeves’ Let Me In, Chloe Moretz teams with director Tim Burton for the upcoming Dark Shadows and ComingSoon.net had a chance to speak with the young star. We’ll have the full interview available soon, but we also got a few details about Moretz’s upcoming role as the titular Carrie in Kimberly Peirce’s big screen remake.
“I start that June 1st,” says Moretz. “…It’s going to be very well done. I don’t want to jinx it, but [Peirce] is a genius, genius, genius director. I would never do it with someone that I don’t trust. I trust her more than a lot of the directors I’ve worked with. She’s the right woman for the job.”
Released in 1974, “Carrie” was Stephen King’s first published novel and tells the story of a high school girl who, through telekinetic powers, takes revenge on peers that have mocked her. Though Brian De Palma directed a highly-acclaimed film version in 1976, Moretz says that Peirce’s take sticks more closely to King’s text.
“I’m actually not looking at the original,” she says, “even though De Palma’s movie was one of the best movies ever made. It’s completely iconic and I’m proud to be able to be doing a retooling of it. We’re kind of going off the book. It’s darker and much more psychological. More ‘Black Swan.’ You’re really looking into her mind and it really looks into the relationship of Margaret and Carrie. It’s set in modern time, so it’s a lot different.”
The role of Margaret White (Carrie’s mother) was played by Piper Laurie in De Palma’s version, earning the actress an Academy Award nomination. Last week, word broke that Julianne Moore had been offered the part for the new film.
Most intriguing of Moretz’s comments about the upcoming project was the hint that her Carrie White would offer a very different look for her, physically.
“It’s something that’s very different from me,” Moretz says of Carrie’s wardrobe. “It’s an out of body thing. I’m becoming a totally different person for it. I’m letting go of all of my self-esteem issues and just kind of going into it. You have to.”
Although shooting won’t begin for another month, Moretz and Peirce have already been impressed with the outpouring of fan support and, in particular, the fan-made poster pictured above. Designed by Pierre-Luc Boucher, the teaser was posted to his Deviant Art page and soon found its way to Peirce.
“That was a cool poster!” Moretz laughs. “Kim sent that to me. She said, ‘Oh my god, you’ve got to look at this. It’s really, really, really cool!’ We both felt so pumped. Now we’re chomping at the bit to get in there.”