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Julianne Moore to Play Crazy ‘Carrie’ Mom?

Julianne Moore
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Perhaps the most frightening character in Stephen King’s ‘Carrie‘ is not Carrie herself, but her psychotic, religious fanatic mother. Margaret White was played to perfection in the 1976 movie version by Piper Laurie (who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance), and now another top-notch actress may take a crack at the role.

Bloody Disgusting reports that Julianne Moore is in talks to play Mrs. White, whose repressive, maniacal control over her daughter plays a crucial role in the tragic, horrifying events that unfold in the story’s final act. The acclaimed Moore is no stranger to genre fare, having appeared in horror films like Ridley Scott’s ‘Hannibal’ (taking over for Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling) and sci-fi entries such as ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ and ‘Children of Men.’

Moore is currently starring in ‘The Seventh Son,’ a period horror fantasy also starring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes.

If Moore nabs the part of Margaret White, she’ll be playing opposite Chloe Grace Moretz, who has been confirmed to play Carrie in director Kimberly Peirce’s update, which is set for release on March 13th, 2013. Moore will have big shoes to fill; Laurie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. Can you see Moore as the insane Mrs. White?

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