Some Unsolicited Casting Suggestions For The Carrie Remake

Comic writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa — who has written for Big Love, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and worked on the graphic novel adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand — is penning the script for a remake of 1976 horror film Carrie. For those unfamiliar with the story, the trailer above gives most of it away: Carrie is a weird and mercilessly bullied high school girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers and gets violent revenge on her torturers. There haven't been any details, as far as casting or directors, but let's throw out some suggestions, shall we?

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Lindsay Lohan

Speaking of relentlessly mocked young women! El-el might feel like she's beyond playing highschoolers, but she could probably do distressed/creepy/vengeful quite well. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King says: "I've heard rumblings about a Carrie remake, as I have about The Stand and It. Who knows if it will happen? The real question is why, when the original was so good? I mean, not Casablanca, or anything, but a really good horror-suspense film, much better than the book. Piper Laurie really got her teeth into the bad-mom thing. Although Lindsay Lohan as Carrie White… hmmm. It would certainly be fun to cast." One vote for Lindsay! King also says: "I guess I could get behind it if they turned the project over to one of the Davids: Lynch or Cronenberg."

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Katerina Graham

Graham plays teen witch Bonnie Bennett on The Vampire Diaries, and could add a new dimension to the character: What if Carrie White is black? What if that's part of the reason she gets bullied? A talented director could use subtext to take a look at a "post-racial" America.

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Hailee Steinfeld

At 14, Steinfeld is a little young to play Carrie, but in True Grit, she proved she has the intensity that would be required to pull off a high-quality horror flick.

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Saoirse Ronan

The Irish actress was downright terrifying in Hanna. A freak like Carrie would be a piece of cake.

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Raja

Obviously, the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race was born to play the part. Actually, if Carrie is Cary, a gay teenage boy teased because he loves to dress up like a woman, well, that would really be some 21st century filmmaking. Maybe Chris Colfer can audition?

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'Carrie' To Be Remade By 'Spider-Man' Writer [Digital Spy]
Stephen King Sounds Off On New 'Carrie' Remake — EXCLUSIVE [EW]

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Raisin.Girl

Ah, this made me remember the fairly recent made for TV remake that was framed as police interviewing everyone involved over what happened, and it was revealed at the end that Carrie had survived her mom's attack and Sue Snell had helped her disappear and lied to police to cover for her, and the last you saw of Carrie she was on a bus to somewhere looking vaguely hoepful and it was a very blatant attempted kick-off point for a TV series where Carrie presumably used her telekinetic superpowers to help the helpless. Or something.

Anyway, I actually kind of like it.