The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: NeNe Leakes' career is booming, Chloe Moretz is about to do something terrible, and Jane Fonda will of course play a Republican hero.
Ryan Murphy is nothing if not loyal to the folks he likes. One such folk is Real Housewives of Atlanta shit-starter NeNe Leakes, the brassy comic relief on a show otherwise populated by repugnant villains. (Well, except Kandi.) NeNe was already a favorite on Celebrity Apprentice and is a beloved regular on Andy Cohen's Gay Uncle Basement Hour talk show, so she's got the reality thing down. But now she's moving on to scripted fare! She's done a couple episodes of Murphy's Glee, quite well we should add, and now she's been cast on Murphy's new pilot The New Normal in a role that will be "heavily recurring" should it go to series. We don't know anything about the character other than that she'll be named Rocky. So that's pretty big! It seems likely that NBC will pick up the show, about a gay couple and their surrogate, so that means that NeNe will regularly be saying lines as an actress on a major network television show. How about that, huh? This woman just keeps coming out on top! It's good, though. She seems like a fun person, right? We're happy for her. In related news, NeNe's Housewives costar Kim Zolciak has woken up behind a Panera Bread and has decided to have a cigarette while looking for her wig. [Deadline]
Oh god. This is not good news. No. Yikes. Chloe Moretz, who we guess, ehhh, has been likable in things like Kick-Ass and Let Me In, is in negotiations to play the role of Carrie in a remake of the Stephen King novel. Uh. That is not good casting! That is just really not good casting. Sissy Spacek was so good in the original Brian De Palma movie (why are they remaking this again?) because she was such a strange, pale-faced, alien creature. Chloe Moretz is just a perky pretty pouty kid. And that too! She's way too young! She's only fifteen, about ten years younger than Spacek was when she played the part. It just doesn't work, guys. Go back to the drawing board. Because this is bad. I mean, who's playing the mom, Katherine Heigl? No, no! That was just a joke! Don't call her! Don't pick up that phone, noooooo!!! [The Hollywood Reporter]