Jennifer Connelly was one of the earliest names being rumored for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, with The Tracking Board preemptively announcing her casting as Naameh, wife of Noah (Russell Crowe) all the way back in April. However, while a slew of other names including Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Emma Watson, and Ray Winstone have boarded the cast over the past several weeks, her status has remained uncertain. As of several days ago, we were even hearing that Julianne Moore was in consideration for the role originally said to Connelly’s.

But sometimes even apparently unfounded rumors turn out to have some truth to them, and this is one of those times. Various outlets are now reporting that Connelly has finally received an official offer, and is now in negotiations to join Aronofsky’s Biblical epic. More details after the jump.

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With a few exceptions, the idea of remaking a classic horror film has proven to be one that faces many pitfalls. And when the original in question is Brian De Palma’s version of the Stephen King story Carrie, a film crafted with impressive style and quite a lot of moxie, there might be more pitfalls than usual. De Palma’s favored split-screen technique has been put to work telling many stories over the years, but the use of the device in Carrie is particularly good. The film is one of the director’s best, and one of the best adaptations of King’s work. It’s a tough act to follow.

But Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce is an interesting choice to tackle a new version of Carrie, and she’s got a good start with the cast, as Chloe Moretz is the titular young girl whose telekenetic powers and emerging puberty put her at odds with her fundamentalist mom, played by Julianne Moore.

Portia Doubleday (Youth in Revolt) and Judy Greer (Arrested Development) were also added to the lineup today. More info on their roles, as well as Moretz’s comments about the Black Swan-like tone of this version, are below. Read More »

With Carrie‘s June 1 start date just around the corner, director Kimberly Peirce is adding the final touches to her cast. Leads Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore have been locked in since this spring, but it’s only in the past couple of weeks that the production has been staffing up on supporting players.

Chronicle star Alex Russell and theater actor Ansel Elgort signed on earlier this month, and now we’re hearing that Judy Greer, Ivana Baquero (Pan’s Labyrinth), and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) are circling three key supporting roles. More details after the jump.

Update: Sources say this casting info isn’t yet set, so we’ll report further as official word is released.

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You’d think that having Steve Coogan, Julianne Moore, and Alexander Skarsgård as parents would be something to celebrate, but that doesn’t seem to be the case in What Maisie Knew. Relative newcomer Onata Aprile plays the title character, who gets caught between her aging rock star mom (Moore) and her art dealer dad (Coogan) in an ugly divorce. Her parents eventually remarry to Lincoln (Skarsgård) and Margo (Joanna Vanderham) respectively, but Maisie finds herself once again lost in the shuffle when Lincoln and Margo, in turn, fall in love with each other.

So basically, it’s like Closer, only a little kid gets horribly screwed over every time the grown-ups decide to switch partners. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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It’s time for another round of Release Date Shuffle! Perhaps the biggest news here is that Warner Bros. has pushed back its YA fantasy The Seventh Son, directed by Sergey Bodrov and starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, and Julianne Moore, much farther into next year. But there are also new dates for the supernatural teen romance Beautiful Creatures and the oddball dramedy Robot & Frank, and bad news for Relativity’s military thriller Hunter Killer. Hit the jump for more.

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One of the great pleasures of Brian De Palma’s original film adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel Carrie is the ravenous scenery chewing by Piper Laurie as the sex-fearing, fundamentalist mother of young telekinetic Carrie White. Sissy Spacek played Carrie in the original, and Chloe Grace Moretz will incarnate the character in a new film version to be directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop Loss).

We’ve heard a few possible names under consideration to play Carrie’s overbearing mom, but if the current report is correct we’ll see Julianne Moore imploring her daughter to reject her burgeoning sexuality and psychic powers.

Update: In addition to today’s news that parts of Carrie will use a found-footage approach, Deadline says that MGM has formally offered this role to Moore.

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Jeff Bridges trains an apprentice in the ways of dark magic to fight an evil witch played by Julianne Moore…and I’m sold. That’s the plot to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Seventh Son, directed by Sergei Bodrov (Mongol) and written by Matt Greenberg, Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight from the book The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney. It just went into production aimed at a February 8, 2013 release date and Legendary revealed a new piece of concept art from the film on the occasion of the launch of their new website.

Check it out in all its glory, as well as read the official plot description of the film – which also stars Ben Barnes, Olivia Williams and Kit Harington – after the break. Read More »

Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) is putting together a new film based on Stephen King‘s debut novel Carrie. Brian De Palma’s movie starring Sissy Spacek and John Travolta remains one of De Palma’s most entertaining films, packed as it is with over-the-top characterization and De Palma’s trademark love of split-screen imagery. So my first reaction to hearing about another new Carrie (this isn’t the first remake of the story) is ‘why?’ But having a female director is one way to make this seem like a worthwhile endeavor.

Now we’ve got the first indications of potential casting, as info has emerged about two possible choices to play the adolescent telekinetic Carrie White: 15-year-old Chloë Moretz (Kick-Ass, Dark Shadows) and 24-year-old Haley Bennett (Terrence Malick’s film formerly called Lawless).

Update: Deadline says that Moretz has been offered the role, and that after testing last weekend, she more or less got the job immediately.

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