Hollywood’s attractive outcasts (the problem with the Carrie remake)

outcastsbannerAs you are probably aware, there is a remake of the 1976 film adaptation of Carrie, currently being filmed. I’m sure you also know that there was nothing wrong with the 1976 adaptation that warrants a remake and this is obviously a cash grab. And that doesn’t bother me really, at least, not as much as it used to. It happens so much nowadays that it’s made me become numb to the idea. What bothers me however is the choice of who should play Carrie: Chloe Grace Moretz.


Carrie is an outcast. Sissy Spacek who played Carrie in the original film was brilliant not only because she is a great actress (Badlands is proof of that) but because she also looks a little odd herself. She’s not unattractive, but she has an appearance that would suggest that she’s isn’t the most popular girl in her school. Chloe Grace Moretz on the other hand is the opposite. She’s a very attractive girl and one could see her being one of the more popular girls in school. So it’s very difficult to believe that she’s some sort of outcast regardless of her backstory.

Moreover, this is a growing problem in Hollywood that I began to notice last year. Attractive people are being cast as outcasts. From Aubrey Plaza in Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) to Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man to Emma Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), it’s a growing trend and it needs to stop. I liked all these films but it’s so difficult to believe in the characters when the actors themselves don’t match the character’s personality because of their appearance.