Through her official Twitter account, Chloe Moretz has revealed that she’ll play the title character in Kimberly Peirce‘s (Boys Don’t Cry) new adaptation of Stephen King‘s horror novel, ‘Carrie.’ The likes of Haley Bennett, Dakota Fanning and Lily Collins were said to be in contention for the role. Moretz had the following to say about her casting: “Never been so happy in my life! Thank you Kim Pierce and thank u MGM for the chance of a lifetime i will never forget!”

Chloe Moretz will play Carrie White, a shy high school student who is raised by a nightmarish religious fanatic mother, and comes to grip with devastating telepathic powers just as she reaches puberty. She eventually uses those gifts for lethal means when fellow classmates use the prom as an excuse to humiliate her before the entire school in a parable about bullying. ‘Carrie’ was first adapted by Brian DePalma in 1976, with Sissy Spacek playing Carrie and Piper Laurie playing her mother – both earned Oscar nominations for their performances. Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore have reportedly been approached to play Carrie’s mother in this new adaptation. Expect further details soon. Check out the synopsis for Stephen King’s novel below.

Stephen King’s legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates. Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act–of ferocious cruelty–turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.