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Chloe Moretz poised to play the lead in the remake of ‘Carrie’

Chloe Moretz: the new Carrie? (Evan Agostini/AP)

Deadline is reporting that Chloe Moretz — the actress best known for her roles in “Hugo” and as the aforementioned pint-sized assassin in “Kick-Ass” — has been offered the lead role in an upcoming remake of the 1976 shocker “Carrie,” based on Stephen King’s novel. According to the Web site, the 15-year-old star is still in negotiations and has not formally accepted the part yet. (Update: Based on Moretz’s recent tweet — “Could not be happier!!!” she wrote this afternoon — it appears she is indeed on board.)

But is she a good fit for the girl who sets things on fire and causes general mayhem?

Reportedly the studio behind the remake (MGM) and its director, Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”), had Moretz on their short list for the part. And looking at her most recent films, it’s easy to understand why.

Especially in “Kick-Ass” and “Let Me In” — the underappreciated 2010 remake of “Let the Right One In” — Moretz has demonstrated a fragility that can easily turn into ferocity if the wrong switch gets flipped. That’s a quality that certainly makes sense for Carrie, and that Sissy Spacek evoked when she played the part in the original, earning her first Academy Award nomination in the process.

Other actresses reportedly have been considered, including Haley Bennett (still largely an unknown, but soon to star opposite Ryan Gosling in “Lawless”), Dakota Fanning, “Mirror, Mirror’s” Lily Collins and Shailene Woodley of “The Descendants,” who, according to Vulture, turned down an offer for the part last week. Out of all those names, though, Moretz — who will next be seen in “Dark Shadows” — is the choice that makes the most sense to me.

Do you agree? Or should someone else be considered for the role? Share your thoughts by posting a comment; we promise that, no matter what your opinion is, we’re not all going to laugh at you.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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