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It all started with a comment made by Master of Horror Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly, referring to the upcoming remake of "Carrie," the 1976 Brian DePalma film version of King's first novel.
King wasn't that jazzed about it unless the film could be directed by David Lynch or David Cronenberg. But a new Carrie? That got him thinking. "Lindsay Lohan as Carrie White… hmmm," he remarked. "It would certainly be fun to cast."
So NextMovie asked the original Carrie -- Sissy Spacek -- what she thinks about Lindsay Lohan reprising the role she made famous.
"I read about it and I was very flattered because they ran a picture of me and of Lindsay Lohan," Spacek said at this weekend's press junket for "The Help." "I was like, 'Oh my God, she's really a beautiful girl' and so I was very flattered. I was also flattered that they were casting someone to look like me instead of the real Carrie described in the book. It's gonna be real interesting."
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According to TMZ, Lohan is excited (squeals!) at the prospect of playing the tortured teen with telekinetic powers who gets even with the cruel students who soak her with pig's blood on prom night by creating an appropriately raging inferno. Those proverbial "sources close to Lindsay" told TMZ that the beleaguered actress is "stoked" and that working with King would be "epic."
Let's hope LiLo doesn't get her hopes too high. Another recent rumor has young (and more age-appropriate) "True Grit" star Hailee Steinfeld, 15, sitting pretty for the role. And she certainly has that fresh-faced innocent look that Spacek had.
Think it's a step down for the Oscar nominee? Not so fast. The Academy loved "Carrie." In 1977, the horror film received Best Actress nods for Spacek, then 27, and Piper Laurie, then 44, who played her crazy, deeply devout mother.
MGM and Screen Gems are in cahoots about the project; Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa, who brought us the Broadway debacle "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," is writing the screenplay.