“There’s one thing no one seems to understand. She wasn’t some monster. She was just a girl.”
Those are the words that close out the simple, yet haunting first teaser for Kimberly Peirce’s “Carrie,” an new adaptation of Stephen King’s debut novel about a shy teenage girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers.
Though Brian De Palma first adapted the novel back in 1976 to great success, this new take will reorient itself closer to the source material and the journey of Carrie White, this time played by Chloe Moretz.
The first teaser only gives us a glimpse of the destruction that lies ahead for Carrie and her town after a cruel group of students decides to pull a prank during prom. The high school is engulfed in flames and a city street burns in the wake of a blood-soaked Carrie.
Moretz spoke with MTV News during the big coming-out party of sorts for “Carrie” at New York Comic Con and emphasized that the new adaptation will focus more on the grounded elements of King’s novel, namely those dealing with adolescence and growing up.
“You start off this broken down adolescent, kind of awkward, gangly girl,” Moretz said. “She goes from gangly to this beautiful young woman … and it comes back full circle to wanting to be in her mom’s arms. It’s this beautiful circle, which is what happens when you’re growing up. You want to get out of your parents’ house. You want to go, and then you’re out and you think home is really fun, and you always want to come back.”
Ultimately, Moretz said that “Carrie” should change whoever goes to see it. “It’s beautiful and terrifying and entrancing,” she said. “When you watch it, you go on a trip. You come in one person, and you come out another.”
Check out everything we’ve got on Peirce’s “Carrie,” in theaters on March 15.