Screen Gems has today announced a March 13th, 2013 release date for Kimberly Peirce‘s (Boys Don’t Cry) new adaptation of Stephen King‘s classic horror novel ‘Carrie.’ Chloe Moretz will play the titular character, 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. The screenplay for the film is by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Check out the synopsis for Stephen King’s 1974 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.