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CAST THIS: Carrie

May. 23, 2011by:

I've done a lot of Cast This columns full of unexpected roles, and this is certainly one of them. You wouldn't think there'd be a whole lot more to improve on from Brian De Palma's 1976 version of Stephen King's CARRIE, but this is Hollywood, and what's old is new again.

I'm half surprised the film isn't being written by Diablo Cody, but rather the duties have been handed to Roberta Aquire-Sarcasa, who recently wrote the ill-fated Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark musical. Just so long as wasn't the stuntman I suppose. But the real question is, who will be the girl herself? Who will be CARRIE?

Sissy Spacek's portrayal is obviously unforgettable, and it helped make the original the classic what it is. I can think of a number of redheaded actresses who might be able to fill the role, but would they be able to capture the same sort of psychotic energy and timely vulnerability Spacek had?

Stephen King has some interesting thoughts on the film and the remake, and the whole concept seems to bemuse him. It was his first novel, one that he admits in his eyes isn't all that great, and he said De Palma's movie greatly improved on it. As for the remake, he joked about Lindsay Lohan taking the central role. Uh huh.

So I'm curious to see who you guys would pick for the part. I have my number once choice in mind, and I'll be interested to see if it matches up with any of yours. But first..

Last Time: HERCULES

Last session we tried to overlook the fact that it's Brett Ratner making a new Hercules movie, and we wanted to see who might fit the part in our modern array of buff actors. Who did you guys pick?

1. The Rock (15%) 2. Alexander Skarsgard (10%) 3. Liam Hemsworth (8%)

This might be the most diverse array of choices I've ever seen in one of these columns. The fact is, we don't have the kind of massively jacked actors like Arnold and Stallone like we used to, so The Rock is really our best bet when it comes to those sorts of roles.

Skarsgard could be a good pick, but while I could have seen him as Thor, I don't know about Hercules. And speaking of Thor, a lot of you wanted his little brother, Liam Hemsworth, in the role. Maybe if Hercules was very, very young in the film, but otherwise? I don't see it.

Alright, how about Carrie?

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11:21PM on 05/23/2011
Saoirse Ronan would be perfect for this role. she has that creepy innocent look about her.
Saoirse Ronan would be perfect for this role. she has that creepy innocent look about her.
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9:36AM on 05/24/2011
Good call. I had said Mia Wasikowska, but I actually like your choice better
Good call. I had said Mia Wasikowska, but I actually like your choice better
12:45PM on 05/23/2011

Honestly

Right now, every young actress is either the next Jodie Foster or the newest sex-pot. Not mutually exclusive. I think, just to drive the point home, I like King's idea of Lindsey Lohan, because NOBODY would want her for the role right now. Six years ago, maybe. She'd be the ultimate underdog, and since this is a bad idea to begin with. Why the fuck not?
Right now, every young actress is either the next Jodie Foster or the newest sex-pot. Not mutually exclusive. I think, just to drive the point home, I like King's idea of Lindsey Lohan, because NOBODY would want her for the role right now. Six years ago, maybe. She'd be the ultimate underdog, and since this is a bad idea to begin with. Why the fuck not?
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1:28PM on 05/23/2011
No idea. How about nobody.
No idea. How about nobody.
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3:19PM on 05/23/2011
I'll second that!
I'll second that!
5:33PM on 05/24/2011
Alison Brie

She looks young enough to pull of the age, and innocent enough to pull off the terror once she loses it.
Alison Brie

She looks young enough to pull of the age, and innocent enough to pull off the terror once she loses it.
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11:58PM on 05/31/2011
Great avatar.
Great avatar.
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2:34PM on 05/23/2011
How about Deborah Ann Woll? She might be too good for this remake though.
How about Deborah Ann Woll? She might be too good for this remake though.
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1:28PM on 05/23/2011

Stop it.

Just stop, Hollywood.
Just stop, Hollywood.
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11:08PM on 05/25/2011
Amanda Seyfried; she's mousy and she has that natural creepiness about her.
Amanda Seyfried; she's mousy and she has that natural creepiness about her.
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5:12PM on 05/23/2011

Mia Wasikowska

Strong actress, rising in popularity and recognition, and she has the right look for the mousy, shy, but still attractive look Carrie needs.
Strong actress, rising in popularity and recognition, and she has the right look for the mousy, shy, but still attractive look Carrie needs.
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9:44PM on 05/23/2011
Fuck Mia Wasikowska, so goddamn over rated. All she does is smile innocently or look pensive. She has no range, she's just a Hollywood It Girl for the moment. I can't stand her. Watching her on screen for me is like nails on a chalk board.
Fuck Mia Wasikowska, so goddamn over rated. All she does is smile innocently or look pensive. She has no range, she's just a Hollywood It Girl for the moment. I can't stand her. Watching her on screen for me is like nails on a chalk board.
10:30AM on 05/24/2011
Fair enough. I didn't actually see Alice & Wonderland so I can't comment on how she was in that...but I liked her when she was on HBOs In Treatment and also thought she played her role well in The Kids Are All Right. I do like a couple of the above suggestions better than my own now, though...to each their own I guess!
Fair enough. I didn't actually see Alice & Wonderland so I can't comment on how she was in that...but I liked her when she was on HBOs In Treatment and also thought she played her role well in The Kids Are All Right. I do like a couple of the above suggestions better than my own now, though...to each their own I guess!
12:37AM on 06/09/2011
I agree with Stephen King that Lindsay Lohan would be perfect for the role of Carrie in this remake. Her life is troubled enough to have almost mirrored Carrie's, so this would be well-suited for her. I read that Megan Fox wants to be Carrie, but she's way too hot for the role. Were I casting director, I'd offer Ms. Fox the role of Chris Hargenson. She has the "mean girl" look, and would pull off the bitchy Chris no problem.
I agree with Stephen King that Lindsay Lohan would be perfect for the role of Carrie in this remake. Her life is troubled enough to have almost mirrored Carrie's, so this would be well-suited for her. I read that Megan Fox wants to be Carrie, but she's way too hot for the role. Were I casting director, I'd offer Ms. Fox the role of Chris Hargenson. She has the "mean girl" look, and would pull off the bitchy Chris no problem.
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11:17AM on 05/29/2011

Kat Dennings

She has that borderline creepy yet hot look about her, and those dirty pillows are to die for!
She has that borderline creepy yet hot look about her, and those dirty pillows are to die for!
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1:26PM on 05/23/2011
The only person who should ever play Carrie is Sissy Spacek and she has already done it so I think you can tell where I stand on this movie.
The only person who should ever play Carrie is Sissy Spacek and she has already done it so I think you can tell where I stand on this movie.
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2:50AM on 05/24/2011
I'll go with Jena Malone
I'll go with Jena Malone
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9:35PM on 05/23/2011
Maria Shriver.
Maria Shriver.
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3:14PM on 05/23/2011
Schuyler Fisk
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2:24PM on 05/23/2011
i'm against a remake as well. but there are some things about the original that i think are stupid. like the prom suit trying on scene that speeds up for no reason and the weird disco music soundtrack.

anyway, it's the nature of hollywood to remake stuff...so it's gonna be done anyway. i like the summer glau suggestion, but i really do think that this is really a case for a new discovery. i know everyone says that every character should be played by an unknown, but i can see no other
i'm against a remake as well. but there are some things about the original that i think are stupid. like the prom suit trying on scene that speeds up for no reason and the weird disco music soundtrack.

anyway, it's the nature of hollywood to remake stuff...so it's gonna be done anyway. i like the summer glau suggestion, but i really do think that this is really a case for a new discovery. i know everyone says that every character should be played by an unknown, but i can see no other way for this. a known actress would just get in the way of the character and the story, IMO.
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8:32PM on 05/24/2011
Tatiania Maslany
Tatiania Maslany
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6:41AM on 05/24/2011
Hailee Steinfeld can play mousy and pretty. Who would play momma is a tougher one.
Hailee Steinfeld can play mousy and pretty. Who would play momma is a tougher one.
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10:02PM on 05/23/2011
john krasinski!!
john krasinski!!
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3:10PM on 05/23/2011
Hannah Murray!
Hannah Murray!
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2:22PM on 05/23/2011

Lohan?

Screw it.. I say give Lohan the shot even if King was just kidding. Couldn't make the idea any worse. Just cast Kelly Brook in the Nancy Allen role and reshoot the shower scene opening credits exactly as they were in the original and you'll get my $10 admission.
Screw it.. I say give Lohan the shot even if King was just kidding. Couldn't make the idea any worse. Just cast Kelly Brook in the Nancy Allen role and reshoot the shower scene opening credits exactly as they were in the original and you'll get my $10 admission.
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12:49PM on 05/23/2011

Lohan

I too like Lohan, King is onto something here. If she can keep her nose clean (literally) for the next 12 month, give her a shot.
I too like Lohan, King is onto something here. If she can keep her nose clean (literally) for the next 12 month, give her a shot.
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1:28PM on 05/23/2011
King was joking.
King was joking.
5:35PM on 05/23/2011
Lohan or Jena Malone
Lohan or Jena Malone
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5:18PM on 05/23/2011

ok

either Dakota Fanning or Chloe Moretz
either Dakota Fanning or Chloe Moretz
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1:20PM on 05/23/2011

Can't believe I'm saying this but

I too think Lohan would be good for this. I'd rather see her do porn first, but she would be great casting for Carrie.
I too think Lohan would be good for this. I'd rather see her do porn first, but she would be great casting for Carrie.
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1:47PM on 05/23/2011

I'm against a remake period.

But the only person I can think of to take the lead is Summer Glau.
But the only person I can think of to take the lead is Summer Glau.
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