First Pics From Chloe Moretz's Carrie

Oh God, Mother! Blood! Blood!

OK, so that tag-line is from Psycho, but it's apposite here anyway. These new stills from Screen Gems' update of Carrie feature our first official glimpses of Carrie's mother, the God-fearing Margaret White, and of course of her daughter, Carrie herself, as essayed by Chloe Grace Moretz.

It's a fairly standard image of Margaret, in gauzy bride-of-Christ white, although Moore is undoubtedly great casting for the role. But what's interesting here is that Screen Gems have taken the bull by the horns (or the blood bucket by the handle) and decided to lead with the Brian De Palma film's most famous image: Carrie drenched in gore at the high school prom (see below for the Sissy Spacek version). It's a brave decision, and one that's perhaps designed to immediately get those comparisons out of the way. Perhaps future reveals will focus on what's different about the new film, rather that what's the same...

Director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) says she's, reasonably enough, gone back to the original Stephen King novel for inspiration. But the story has also been modernised. "You have to do that," says Pearce, "in order to bring any great piece of work written in one era [in this case the 1970s] into the next."

Empire friend Chloe meanwhile, has apparently been sleeping in her wardrobe and sewing her own cothes in preparation for the harrowing central role. "Carrie's completely different from me," she'd like to make clear. "It's an out-of-body thing: I'm becoming a totally different person for it. We're really looking into Carrie's mind this time. It's going to be more psycholgical: more Black Swan."

Of the blood-drenching scene she told EW, "We only had like four chances to get it right. That stuff stains your hair..."

Carrie, obviously enough, is shooting right now. It's due out in the UK on April 12 next year.