Don't be surprised if you see Chloe Moretz wearing the same prom-style dress for weeks on end very soon. The 15-year-old actress from "Kick-Ass" and "Hugo" will likely just be preparing for her role as the title character in the upcoming remake of the 1976 classic horror film "Carrie." The movie, which is based on Stephen King's 1974 book, is about a bullied teenage girl with telekinetic powers that she uses to get revenge on her classmates by sending their high school up in flames during the prom. To get into the mindset of the character, Moretz said she's planning to create the dress for the climactic scene, in which Carrie's supposed to be wearing a homemade gown, all by herself. "One of my ideas for the character was to actually go and make my own dress, and I'm actually using my friend's old drapes ... and I'm going to sew it and everything," she told MTV News. "And I'm actually going to go out and wear it for a few weeks. I'm sure you guys are going to get some great, lovely photos of me walking down the street in some weird A-line thing, but it will be good. It will put me in [the frame of mind of the character.]"
Chloe Moretz will play the new Carrie. (Ben Gabbe/WireImage)Sissy Spacek earned an Oscar nod for playing the teen. (Everett)
The teen will be working with director Kimberly Peirce, who helmed the Hilary Swank film "Boys Don't Cry," on reworking the original "Carrie," which was directed by Brian De Palma, the man behind "Scarface" and "Mission: Impossible." Reportedly, actress Julianne Moore has been offered the role of Carrie's religious-fanatic mother, who famously tells her before the prom, "They're all going to laugh at you." (Do you remember its cheesy sequel, "The Revenge: Carrie 2"?) Moretz, who's a huge fan of De Palma's "Carrie," explained how this version will differ when it hits theaters in March 2013. "Kim is actually really good friends with De Palma, and they're talking about the movie ... so we're taking a lot of his notes," she said. "[Also] we're putting a lot of elements of the book into our story, so it's more of like a 'Black Swan' version of it. So you really see the mythology of the character and you really see everything going on with Carrie. It's darker."
The original "Carrie," actress Sissy Spacek, revealed this week that a homemade dress was also key to her turn in the role. Although the character was still in high school, Spacek was 25, so she tried to make herself look younger by wearing a sailor dress her mother made her in junior high to the audition. "I just happened to still have it with me," Spacek told NPR's "Fresh Air" while discussing her new memoir My Extraordinary Ordinary Life. "I took the hem out of it so I looked a little more dorkish, but I looked very young. I remember, I read the book the night before the screen test, and that was enough to really connect me with it. I woke up, didn't brush my teeth, didn't wash my face, [and I] put Vaseline in my hair so it would look dirty and unkempt." She refused to let hair and makeup people work on her before her big moment. "And of course, I ran to the other side of the room cowering," she noted. "But you know, I think all of us have a Carrie in us somewhere — at least I think all teenagers do — so I just channeled that side of myself." Spacek went on to receive an Oscar nomination for her work in "Carrie," although she lost to Faye Dunaway for her performance in "Network."
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