Filming won’t start until the summer for the remake of the Stephen King horror classic ‘Carrie’ but it looks like final touches in the casting department have been made. Deadline is reporting that Judy Greer and Portia Doubleday have officially signed on to star in the movie.
Greer’s name may be familiar as it was not too long ago that her name was pitched as having been signed to appear in the film to play the sympathetic gym teacher, Miss Desjardin. Apparently the news was premature as it was changed to reflect that the role was not cast after all. Now it is official and Greer is back on the cast.
If you recall, in the original Brian De Palma version, the gym teacher (who was named Miss Collins) tried to help Carrie when her first period started in the showers after gym class. Unfortunately for Carrie, Miss Collins calls her religiously repressive mother to let her know of the incident starting a whole mess of trouble for the teenage girl.
Greer seems to be an excellent casting choice as she can play a wide range of characters. Her resume boasts an impressive array of roles and she has appeared in the shows ‘Arrested Development,’ ‘Californication,’ ‘The Wedding Planner,’ and ‘The Descendents.’
Portia Doubleday, however, got the plum job of being Carrie’s main antagonist, Chris Hargensen. You remember her! She’s the one that concocted the infamous prom prank that trigger’s Carrie’s telekinetic retribution.
Greer and Doubleday will be rounding off the cast that includes Chloe Moretz in the title role of Carrie White, Julianne Moore as her mother Margaret White, Alex Russell (‘Chronicle’) as a school bully, and Gabriella Wilde (‘The Three Musketeers’) as Sue Snell, a popular girl who convinces her boyfriend (Ansel Elgort) to take Carrie to the prom.
Kimberly Peirce (‘Boys Don’t Cry’) seems to have a good handle on this remake who’s already said that the movie will be based more on Stephen King’s novel rather than the 1976 original. With the topic of bullying a hot issue these days, the story of a bullied telekinetic teenager who’s pushed too far on prom seems very appropriate in this day and time.
This may not be the ‘Carrie’ movie most of us remember but so far the casting of the film makes it one where we’re interested to see how it will turn out.
‘Carrie’ is scheduled to debut in theaters on April 13, 2013.