'Kick Ass' star Chloe Moretz takes lead in 'Carrie' remake

Child star Chloe Moretz, known for her turns in the likes of 'Kick Ass' and Best Picture Oscar nominee 'Hugo', has landed the lead role in the upcoming retake of Stephen King's 'Carrie'.

MGM have formally offered Moretz the role that originally made Sissy Spacek famous in Brian De Palma's 1976 first film. The teen-angst-gone-too-far chiller was nominated for two Oscars - Best Actress for Spacek and Best Supporting Actress for Piper Laurie's part of Carrie's overbearing mother.

15-year-old Moretz, who previously flaunted her horror credentials in another remake ('Let Me In'), took to her Twitter account to gush over the casting news: “Never been so happy in my life! Thank you Kim Peirce and thank u MGM for the chance of a lifetime i will never forget!”

The new film is being helmed by 'Boys Don't Cry' and 'Stop-Loss' director Kimberly Peirce. Those two acclaimed dramas are the only film credits to her name.

Before Moretz gets covered in blood and burns a school down, she can next be seen alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'. The fantastic trailer for that can be found HERE.

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