The 'Kick-Ass' star will take on the title role in the new film version of the classic horror novel

The new version of Carrie will be directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) writes the Hollywood Reporter and will star Chloe Moretz.

Moretz Tweeted her response to being offered the role, saying: “Never been so happy in my life! Thank you Kim Peirce and thank u MGM for the chance of a lifetime i will never forget!”

Last year Deadline.com reported that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the playwright and comic book writer, was adapting Stephen King‘s Carrie for the big screen once more.

The remake is mooted to stick closer to the original source material than that of Brian DePalma’s 1976 film and will be the second time Aguirre Sacasa has adapted King’s work, after turning The Stand into a graphic novel.

The original Carrie starred Sissy Spacek as the titular schoolgirl who, after being ruthlessly bullied by her overly religious mother and mean-spirited classmates, discovers she has telekinetic powers which she uses to wreak revenge.

A poorly-received sequel to the original adaptation, The Rage: Carrie 2, landed 23 years after the original, in 1999.