According to New York Magazine's Vulture, the two top contenders are 15-year-old Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) and the 24-year-old Haley Bennett (Lawless). Other up-and-comers that have all read for Peirce and are also considered to be candidates for the lead role consist of the following young starlets : Dakota Fanning (Twilight), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Bella Heathcote (In Time), and Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror). As you can see, there are a lot of good choices. Who would you choose to play the role of the psychokinetic freak if the decision was yours? I'd personally like to see Mortez land the role.
The site is also reporting that Peirce has approached Jodie Foster and is interested in Julianne Moore for the role of Carrie's unhinged fundamentalist mother. More interesting choices. I'd have to go with Moore on this one, I think she is "moore" then capable of owning the role as Carrie's nutty mother.
Carrie was previously turned into the 1976 film that starred Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, and Amy Irving with Piper Laurie as the repressive mother. In addition, in 2002 David Carson directed Angela Bettis as Carrie and Patricia Clarkson as her mother in a TV movie version written by Bryan Fuller.
The script for this latest reboot has been written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, whose rewrite work helped save Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway.
Source: New York Magazine's Vulture