'Nightmare on Elm Street' reboot: Jackie Earle Haley to play Freddy Krueger

Watchmen star Jackie Earle Haley has signed on to play Freddy Krueger in New Line’s forthcoming Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, EW has learned. The actor, who received an Oscar nomination for his role as a sex offender in 2006′s Little Children, will take on the part famously originated by Robert Englund when cameras roll on the franchise’s ninth film, titled A Nightmare on Elm Street, on May 5 in Chicago.


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  • Kevin

    Hmmm….I think me likey!

  • Carlos Balbás-Espín

    I’m not for remakes at all, but Jackie Earle Haley is absolutely PERFECT for that role…
    That sounds like something people should take offense for but I swear it’s a compliment.

  • Tyre

    The only purely watchable part of “the Watchmen”. I give my approval whole heartedly.

  • Erika

    My question is why can’t Robert Englund play Freddy? He should stil be able to play the role, he is not that old. And besides….he is Freddy. I think Jackie would be good, but why change?

  • moose

    Are there no more original ideas in Hollywood? All these horror remake/reboots are driving me insane. There is nothing wrong with the originals. Now N.O.E.S. Also saw a Hellraiser remake is on the way. I swear if they remake Rosemary’s Baby or The Exorcist I will scream bloody murder in the streets.

  • Kevin

    I think this is great casting but I really don’t think this needs to be done. A Hellraiser remake, however, is DEFINITELY needed… the original is cheese-tastic.

  • M

    Great another remake :rolleyes: Gosh Hollywood is getting so lazy. What next? a remix of ET!!!

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  • Thad

    that sounds PERFECT! How did i not guess that? Way to go jackie Earl!

  • Yolanda

    The original is such a classic. I agree Jackie Earle Haley would be a great Freddy, but is this gonna be a frame by frame remake or just a retelling like Rob Zombie’s Halloween?

  • Robbie P

    Not sure it’s a great move for Mr. Hailey.. it’s not exactly a role that adds credibility to an actor’s resume, and he’s at a point where he’s starting to be taken seriously.

    • Ed

      I totally disagree.

      He’s playing one of the most iconic villains in cinema history!

      It’s a big role, and will show what he’s really made of.

  • yoyoyo

    I think he’ll be good. But I’m still not thrilled they’re remaking NOES. And to the person who suggested a HELLRAISER remake, SHAME ON YOU.

  • Muffy

    Why, Why, Why, Why, Why?!!
    Leave Freddy Alone!

  • Beakman

    Robert Englund has stated that he is too old to play Freddy anymore, but he would be interested in a cameo… it was in an interview.

  • Kevin

    Not looking forward to it… I watched x-men origins on this site http://missedashow.net/media/2583/X-Men_Origins_(2009)_WP/

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