'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Remake Cast Its New Freddy Krueger

April 04, 2009 02:10:08 GMT

'Watchmen' star Jackie Earle Haley has come aboard the reimagination project of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' as the new razor-gloved Freddy Krueger.


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Jackie Earle Haley moves on from being an inkblots-masked hero in "Watchmen" to portraying an iconic killer in "A Nightmare on Elm Street" remake. Variety has reported that the Academy Award-nominated actor will take on the villainous role of Freddy Krueger, who was originally made famous by Robert Englund.

"Looking at his performance in 'Watchmen,' here's a guy playing a character under a mask yet you feel tremendous empathy for him," director Samuel Bayer said of what Haley can contribute to the movie. "And in Nightmare, he is going to be under prosthetic make-up. You have to feel something for the character. The greatest villains are multi-dimensional and I think he will bring that to the character."

The 47-year-old will be joining the project as the serial killer known for his burned face, his razor glove and his red-and-green sweater, when the remake begins lensing May 5 in Chicago. The confirmation of Haley casting, in addition, puts off another Krueger casting rumor which placed Billy Bob Thornton in the potential seat.

"A Nightmare on Elm Street" is a reboot of Wes Craven's 1984 horror classic, centering on a serial killer who haunts teenagers in their dreams and kills them while they are fast asleep. Written by Wesley Strick, it will have Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form serving as producers along with John Rickard. Music video director Samuel Bayer has been tapped to helm the project.

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posted by The Tabernacle on May 02, 2010
I'm still waiting for Wes Craven's new nightmare 2: The revenge
posted by JJ on Apr 12, 2010
Why did't they ask Robert Englund to do the film?If they and he said no,does anybody know why.And it's not a remake but a rewrite because they always change the story.The original will always be my favorite no matter what.Robert Englund Rules! peace out,JJ
posted by robert on Jan 24, 2010
im gonna be kinda intrigued to see haley play kreuger im waiting for the remake of childs play as long as brad dourif is back as chucky
posted by AKASHA on Oct 17, 2009
I JUST HATE WHEN THEY TAKE CLASSICS AND REMAKE THEM JUST LEAVE THEM ALONE I LIKE THE ORIGINAL NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET THIS IS JUST A BIG MISTAKE
posted by K1 on Sep 29, 2009
What theyre trying to acccomplish with the remake is, to try and bring the HORROR back into the concept of the Freddy Kreuger films. Anything after the first 2 Nightmare movies (although i admit Dream Warriors was my personal fav! lol) began to have a real Campy, almost "Troma" feel to it, making every murder more about irony or comedy than a horrific death. I personally think that Jackie will be able to bring fresh perspective to Mr. Kreuger's character, and maybe put some terror back into the hearts of all of the people who fell in love with Elm Street in the 1st place. I believe that they are going to try to remind you just what type of monster Freddy was as a human being, so the Superhuman dream demon is all that more frightening, and Jackie has that kind of sicko, deviant persona in his repetoir of characters he can play. Rorschak was a great character, and if anything primed Jackie for the role of Kreuger. I may not be holding my breath for the "end all defining representation of what a Kreuger movie should have always been", but ill definitely be expecting biig things from Platinum Dunes, and will be hoping that Micheal Bay does the film justice. I just better not see fucking Bumblebee jump out at the end n blast Kreuger to kingdom come. --K1Ng5p4d3--
posted by The Mel on Sep 29, 2009
Robert Englund will forever be our number one in the Nightmare films, and we wouldn't want anyone sucky to play such an amazing character that he helped bring to life. As natural as it may be for us to fight on behalf of Robert Englund, I'm sure he's just as anxious to see a movie about him pretty much that he doesn't have to do. Whether its to watch it soar the charts or slowly collapse like a flan in a cupboard, we'll all be waiting. Judging FAIRLY, slightly annoyed at a new main dude, but still just as excited to see it.
posted by mad riker on Aug 24, 2009
it pisses my off when they take a much loved film and try to make it better but all they end up doing is FUCKING IT UP big time
posted by mad riker on Aug 24, 2009
craven should do another nightmare film and say come on robert lets show these ass wipes how it should be DONE
posted by mad riker on Aug 24, 2009
we all know if englund hadnt played freddy from the start he wouldnt be loved as much as he is by all us fans so why was he snubbed for the remake
posted by mad riker on Aug 24, 2009
they better not fuck it up wont be the same without englund
posted by freddyisiite on Jul 27, 2009
Robert Englund of course is legendary as Freddy.. But i def think Jackie can pull it off.. Cant wait to see him in the movie.
posted by Hagan on Jul 18, 2009
Not seeing Robert Englund play as Fred Krueger is going to be a loss but being a huge Freddy fan it still is going to be an excitement to see the dream demon back in action.
posted by hethlouise on May 18, 2009
you need robert englund to be freddy. i love the series (7 particularly) but nooooooooooooo i want robert englund :'(
posted by andrew on Apr 15, 2009
wtf that movie is going to be rubish coz if there is no robert englund then i can tell you that that movie is going to stand out in the bad way to all the other ones because all 7 nightmares were amazing (my favorite one is wes cravens new nightmare)
posted by froog on Apr 15, 2009
robert englund doesnt want to play the part people he knocked it back he wants to hand the torch over to someone else. platinum dunes have got this decision spot on he will be a class freddy! most of yous probs havent even seen jackie act.
posted by al bundy on Apr 15, 2009
give the fans what they want not what you think...havent you learned anything from pass remakes ROBERT ENGLUND is freddy and dont say he is to old ...you cake him in make up for the whole dam movie almost and jackie loks older than him hahaha
posted by ZACK on Apr 11, 2009
ROBERT ENGLAND SHOULD PLAY FREDDY AGAIN UNLESS THEY FIND SOMEONE AS GOOD AS HIM OR BETTER. SHOULD WORK ON GETTING BETTER CASTING OF THE OTHERS. I HEARD BILLY BOB THURN IS SUPPOSED TO PLAY FREDDY IF HE ANY GOOD HE SHOULD GET A SHOOT I GUESS

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