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UPDATE: We have received an email sent on behalf of MGM informing us that Judy Greer has not signed on to the Carrie remake and that no actor has yet been cast as the gym teacher.
The original report follows:
We still don't really know what to make of the planned Carrie remake, from the fact that it exists at all to Chloe Moretz starring to Boys Don't Cry's Kimberly Peirce directing it. Every single casting choice since Chloe Moretz got on board has felt some strange combination of just-right and slightly off-- Julianne Moore as Carrie's psychotic mother, for example, needing to step up into a dominating role after a career of playing delicate, very broken women. Now here's another one to add to the list-- Bloody Disgusting reports that Judy Greer has signed on to play the gym teacher, who as you may remember is there for Carrie's traumatic pelting with feminine hygiene products in the gym and who might be the only encouraging figure in Carrie's life.
As much she has a reputation for comedy thanks to her work on Arrested Development and in movies like 13 On 30, Greer had a nice dramatic turn in The Descendants last fall, and she's got the kind of sweet demeanor that would make her well-suited for the role of the generous gym teacher, referred to in the original film as Miss Collins. But you also have to wonder if that part shouldn't have gone to an actual unknown, giving room for Moore and Moretz to take over in the central roles. Greer is really good at working a little bit of humor into dark moments, but Carrie doesn't seem to call for anything like that-- is this really the most interesting role she could take?
Even if the Carrie remake turns out to be a disaster, it's bound to be a fascinating one-- Peirce is a talented director who wouldn't just be trying for a cheap retread, and Moretz, Moore and Greer are bound to commit to their roles, even if they're constantly haunted by the actresses who originated them in the 1976 film. Even Miss Collins, a relatively small role, was played by Broadway legend Betty Buckley, not to mention Sissy Spacek as the title character and Piper Laurie as Carrie's mom. There's a lot to live up to here.