JACKIE EARL HALEY to play FREDDY KRUEGER in Platinum Dunes, A Nightmare on Elm Street Reboot
According to Entertainment Weekly, Jackie Earl Haley has officially signed on to play Freddy Krueger in Platinum Dunes soon to be filming remake of the 1984 Wes Craven horror classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street”.
Haley, who played the character of Kelly Leak in the 1976 classic ‘The Bad News Bears’, rejuvenated his dormant career playing a sex offender in “Little Children” in 2006, a film for which he received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. He has received great reviews (deservingly so) for his turn as Rorschach in this year’s “Watchmen”, so his stock in the business has gone up substantially. While he will have some mighty big shoes to fill playing the role actor Robert Englund made part of America’s pop culture, I believe it’s a solid choice. Clearly producers are going for the original’s tone, featuring Krueger as a very scary character void of any sense of humor. I expect Haley will bring something unique to the table here. Production is scheduled to get under way April 27.
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