A Tale of Two Carries: AnnaSophia & Chloe Grace Bring Teen Angst to the Screen
Two of my favorite young actresses are portraying two very different teenagers who share a common name in two projects that are very different but do have one thing in common. Both are based on other shows involving the same characters, but both are turning to the original source material rather those previous shows for inspiration. Confused yet? Allow me to explain...
The popular show Sex and the City had a very successful run on television and amassed a huge number of dedicated fans. The show was based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell. Now a new television series has debuted based on that book's prequel, The Carrie Diaries, that will serve as a prequel to the Sex and the City TV series. Producers have said the show, with AnnaSophia Robb stepping into the role of Carrie Bradshaw originally played by Sarah Jessica Parker, will rely on the book for its foundation. But this is expected to cause few conflicts with the previous show's storyline as that show also was fairly true to the original work.
Meanwhile, another project is underway featuring a character named Carrie. In this case, that character is telekinetic teen terror Carrie White. This particular Carrie can be found in the 1976 Brian DePalma film, Carrie, which starred Sissy Spacek in the title role. Spacek was nominated for an Academy Award for her amazing performance in that film. That film was based on a book by Stephen King. Now, Chloe Moretz will take a turn as Carrie in a film that takes on the darker tones of the original King novel.
AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw
Sex and the City debuted in 1998 and ran for six seasons through 2004. The popular show introduced much of the world to Carrie Bradshaw as she made her way through the hustle and bustle of life in Manhattan. The Carrie Diaries, which debuted earlier this year, takes us back to the years before Carrie moved to the city, giving us a glimpse into her life as a suburban teenager who gets her first taste of city life when she gets a job as an intern working at a Manhattan law firm. It is the 1980s and young Carrie is swept up in the magic that is the Big Apple.
Before long she finds herself wrapped up in the magic of the city and growing up much faster than she had expected. Having recently lost her mother to cancer, young Carrie must find her place in a new family dynamic with just her father and her younger sister. Added to this turmoil are the usual challenges a young high school girl faces as well as new adventures that await in the big city. As young Carrie maneuvers these choppy adolescent waters, we get to ride along as we see her develop into the confident young woman we all came to love in the Sex and the City series.
I think AnnaSophia Robb is an outstanding choice for the part, especially since I was never a very big fan of Sarah Jessica Parker who portrayed the older Carrie. But she made the part her own so that by the time that series was completed there was no way to imagine anyone else in the role. I believe AnnaSophia will do the same in this series. She fits in perfectly as the high school girl with high hopes and shaky knees, ready to venture out into the world of fashion and glitz while still needing to hold onto the stability and comfort of home.
Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie White
This will not be the first remake for the Carrie film. In 2002, Angela Bettis (May, Toolbox Murders) starred in a made-for-TV version of the film. That film was a tamer version than Brian DePalma's 1976 film as it was aimed at a more general audience. This newest remake, featuring Chloe Moretz as Carrie, will firmly target the hardcore horror market according to director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry, Stop-Loss). It is expected to be the darkest adaption yet of Stephen King's novel and the truest to the book. The film is scheduled to be released in October 2013.
Of all the possible choices to portray Carrie, no one would be a better choice than Chloe Grace Moretz. She has been unbelievably impressive in role after role. From her earliest projects such as The Amityville Horror movie remake and television shows like My Name Is Earl where she turned in an amazing performance as Candy Stoker, a child who just wants to be a doctor instead of a knife-thrower, to more recent outings such as her roles in the vampire films Dark Shadows and Let Me In, Chloe has time and again proven she has what it takes to take on any role.
And Chloe has never been one to shy away from a controversial role. She was breathtaking as gun-toting teen runaway Luli McMullen in Hick, adorable and spunky as Mindy Macready and her foul-mouthed, butt-kicking alter-ego Hit-Girl in the superhero action movie Kick-Ass, and heartrendingly innocent as little girl lost Cammie in The Poker House. Following up Sissy Spacek's performance as Carrie in the original film will certainly be a challenge, but no actress out there is more up to it than lovely Chloe Grace Moretz.
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