The plot follows the same structure as the originals: Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a lonely, religious high school girl is physically abused at home by her religious, deranged mother, Margaret White (Julianne Moore) and constantly bullied at school by a group of popular girls called "The Ultras" led by the popular and spoiled, Chris Hargensen (Portia Doubleday). Carrie finally receives a moment of happiness when one of her tormentors, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde) asks her handsome, jock boyfriend Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort) to take her to the prom. But Carrie's night of shine and acceptance turns into a nightmare of destruction and chaos after one final prank is pulled on her.
In the opening, Margaret was screaming very loudly in her bed, then gives birth to a baby, and about to kill her, she chose to protect her.
Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz) is a girl in her last three months of her senior year in high school. All of her life Carrie has just wanted to live a normal life, but her overly-religious, deranged mother Margaret White (Julianne Moore) wants her to live a life free of sin. Margaret abuses Carrie, not only physically, but by locking Carrie in a closet to pray.
One day, after gym class in the school showers, Carrie has her very first menstrual period. Knowing nothing of periods, she thinks she's bleeding to death. The other girls laugh at Carrie and tease her by throwing tampons and feminine napkins at Carrie. One of the girls named Chris Hargensen (Portia Doubleday), records Carrie with a phone. Chris has always hated and bullied Carrie the most. Back at home, Margaret, believing Carrie's period to be a sin, forces Carrie into the closet and locks the door. As Carrie screams to be let out, she makes a crack on the door. Both Margaret and Carrie are surprised at this, and Carrie realizes she has telekinetic powers.
The next day, the gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Judy Greer) informs the girls who teased Carrie that they will have detention for the rest of the week with her. When Chris tells her she won't go, Ms. Desjardin informs her that anyone who doesn't show up for detention will have three months suspension and refusal of their prom tickets. Chris, feeling like she didn't do anything wrong, doesn't go and plans to get revenge.
While Carrie looks up more information on her powers and practices them, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), one of the popular girls that took part in teasing Carrie in the shower room, felt bad about what she did and tries to make it up to Carrie. Sue asks her popular, handsome, jock boyfriend Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort) to take Carrie to the prom and show her a good time. When Tommy asks Carrie, she is at first suspicious, but then accepts Tommy's invitation.
Carrie informs her mom that she's been invited to prom, but Margaret says no. Carrie begs and tries to make her see her reason, but when Margaret walks away, Carrie reveals her power to her mother. Margaret thinks Carrie's powers come from the Devil, but Carrie explains her power and how she isn't the only one, and that she wants things to change, meaning no more abuse or closet time. Margaret still believes Carrie has evil powers and that sin has found its way into her. Carrie on the other hand gets ready for prom by buying makeup, and sewing her own dress. While Chris and her boyfriend Billy Nolan's (Alex Russell) plan to humiliate Carrie at the prom begins by going to a farm to kill a pig and pour it's blood into a bucket.
On the night of the prom, Carrie is excited yet nervous, while Margaret is saying and doing everything she can to try to stop Carrie from going. Before leaving, Carrie telekinetically pushes her mother into the prayer closet and locks the door. When she arrives at the prom, Carrie feels amazing, like her whole life has led to this moment. When it's time to announce the prom king and queen, everyone is surprised to find out that Carrie White and Tommy Ross won. This is all part of Chris and Billy's plan. Chris' best friend Tina Blake (Zoë Belkin) swapped the prom votes, so the two could win.
Once on stage, Chris pulls the rope to a bucket of pig blood that stood above Carrie showering her in the blood. The bucket then falls and hits Tommy on the head fracturing his skull. As most people laugh, Carrie remembers her mother's words and runs toward the door, until the video that Chris taped of her in the locker room appears on the big screens above the stage. Finally having enough, Carrie unleashes her power on all the prom-goers. She throws Heather across the room and into the doors and locks all the doors so no one can escape and uses telekinesis on objects killing people with them. She kills Jackie Talbot and Freddy Holt by crushing Jackie with bleachers and smashing Freddy with a table. Carrie spots the twins, Nicki and Lizzy, trying to leave and knocks them down and holds them there while the panicking prom goers trample over them, killing them. Carrie becomes most enraged at the sight of Tina Blake attempting to leave and she throws a table at her. She then begins zapping her with wires causing her to walk into a piece of burning debris which sets her on fire. She runs around burning as Desjardin and others watch in horror before she eventually falls to the floor dead. As Sue comes to see Carrie, she sees the terror that Carrie is causing. A fire starts and as burning objects fly across the room, Ms. Desjardin and a few students are able to escape. As the school burns to the ground, Carrie leaves and walks home covered in blood, while barefoot, and leaving a trail of fire and mass destruction in the town. On the way home, Carrie sees Chris and Billy driving toward her in an attempt to run her over, but she uses her powers to stop Billy's car, Billy dies from breaking his nose, and Chris tries to get out, but Carrie's telekinectic powers can't let her out, so, she revs up the car, Carrie stops her powers, causing her to drive into the gas station, causing her to have her face go through the windshield, killing her from shards of glass. The leaking gas, was flowing, and Carrie walked away, dropped a light post, exploding the gas station.
When Carrie gets home, she runs to the closet where she locked up her mother, not knowing that while she was at the prom, Margaret broke out and grabbed a knife. After Carrie washes off the blood over her, Margaret then finds Carrie and tells her about how she and her father believed sexual intercourse was a sin, but Carrie's dad got drunk and raped Margaret, but she admitted that she "liked it," thus Carrie was born. Margaret attacks her with her knife but Carrie stops her mother's hand, and uses her powers to push her away. Carrie's mother attacks her, cutting her with the knife. Carrie launches her against the wall and "crucifies" her with household objects and sends other blades into her chest and stomach. Carrie releases her mom, cradles her, and watches her die. Carrie, after realizing what she has done, becomes hysterical and makes stones start to rain from the sky and into the house, until Sue shows up. A furious Carrie grabs Sue with her powers and asked her why everyone tricked her at the prom. Sue then shows Carrie her mind and proves to her that she had nothing to do with what happened at the prom. Carrie tells her that Sue's baby is a girl and throws Sue out of the house before the stones crush the house and herself in the process, while Sue, horrified, touches her stomach to feel like she's pregnant.
During a voice-over of Sue's testimony in court regarding the prom night massacre and devastation, she visits Carrie's grave and places a single white rose by the headstone before leaving. The headstone then cracks prior to exploding, leaving Carrie's ultimate fate ambiguous.
- Chloe Moretz as Carrie White
- Julianne Moore as Margaret White
- Judy Greer as Miss Desjardin
- Gabriella Wilde as Sue Snell
- Ansel Elgort as Tommy Ross
- Portia Doubleday as Chris Hargensen
- Alex Russell as Billy Nolan
- Barry Henley as Principal Morton
- Zoe Belkin as Tina Blake
- Samantha Weinstein as Heather
- Karissa Strain as Nicki
- Katie Strain as Lizzy
- Max Topplin as Jackie Talbot
- Kyle Mac as Kenny Garson
- Cynthia Preston as Eleanor Snell
- Connor Price as Freddy Holt
- Demetrius Joyette as George Dawson
- Mouna Traore as Erika Gogan
- Philip Nozuka as Ernest Peterson
Kimberly Peirce, the director of Stop-Loss and Boys Don't Cry, is slated to direct the MGM/Screen Gems film with a script written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa of Glee, Big Love, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark fame. 15 year old actress Chloë Grace Moretz, who has played the child assassin Hit Girl in Kick-Ass and the vampire Abby in Let Me In, has been cast as the title role, Carrie White . Julianne Moore will play Carrie's fanatically religious mother Margaret White. Portia Doubleday (Youth In Revolt) has also been cast as the girl who started it all Chris Hargensen. Gabriella Wilde has also been chosen to play the role of Sue Snell.
About the new film, Chloë Grace Moretz says, "… We’re kind of going off the book. It’s darker and much more psychological. More ‘Black Swan.’ You’re really looking into her mind and it really looks into the relationship of Margaret and Carrie. It’s set in modern time, so it’s a lot different… It’s something that’s very different from me. It’s an out of body thing. I’m becoming a totally different person for it. I’m letting go of all of my self-esteem issues and just kind of going into it. You have to."
Sony Pictures held a "First Look" event at the New York Comic Con on October 13, 2012. It was followed by a panel session with several members of the cast and crew. The first teaser trailer for the film was released on October 15, 2012.
Promotion and ReleaseEdit
The film was set for release on March 15, 2013, but by early January 2013, the release date had been moved to October 18, 2013.
Sony held a "First Look" event at the New York Comic-Con on October 13, 2012. It was followed by a panel session with several members of the cast and crew.
Trailers for the film have included a phone number which when called results in playback of a recording simulating an encounter with characters from the film. An option is given for the caller to receive additional promotional phone calls and text messages.