Jackie Earle Haley May Become the New Freddy Krueger
We've heard plenty about Platinum Dunes' reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, including how their update on Wes Craven's classic will feature an entirely different version of Freddy that we've never seen, but we still don't have any major casting confirmations. However, the horror hounds at Bloody Disgusting have confirmed today that Oscar nominated actor Jackie Earle Haley is indeed the frontrunner for the role of the villain Freddy Krueger. This casting scoop was first reported by Latino Review in February, but only recently re-confirmed by BD. They say we'll see an official announcement as early as next week.
Additionally, BD is reporting that The Haunting In Connecticut star Kyle Gallner is in final talks to play Quentin, the lead character in the reboot and the very same character that Johnny Depp played in the original. It looks like Platinum Dunes is finally pulling their cast together, which makes sense considering they've got to get this moving so it can actually hit theaters in April of 2010. As for Jackie Earle Haley, who just played Rorschach in Watchmen, he seems like the perfect choice, and one of only a few people who could really fill in for Robert Englund. As was already announced, Samuel Bayer is on board to direct.