Jackie Earle Haley is Officially Freddy in Elm Street Remake

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When we last heard about the possibility of Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach from “Watchmen”) playing Freddy Krueger in the Platinum Dunes reboot of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise, he sounded a tad noncommittal. In fact, he seemed to be leaning towards avoiding the character. Apparently ol Rorschach was just joshin’, because the trades have now made it official: Rorschach is Freddy!

The news come courtesy of Variety, who reports that with shooting on the Samuel Bayer-directed (and Wesley Strick-scripted) remake set to commence in Chicago next month, the Platinum Dunes people have nabbed their new Freddy, and he is Jackie Earle Haley as has been rumored/desired by the fanboy community for a while now. Apparently Michael Bay and the Dunes boys feel the same way.

The role is most famously associated with Robert Englund, who has played the disfigured knives-wielding killer in all the previous “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies since the 1984 original. Over the years, the role went from scary to pun-heavy, with Freddy delivering cheesy one-liners before and after each one of his increasingly ridiculous kills. The whole thing came to a head in “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare”, when Freddy had to fight his own daughter. I shit you not. Word is, Englund will have a cameo in the remake as a psychiatrist.

Wes Craven, the franchise’s original creator, tried to revive the scary elements of his original (as well as the franchise) with “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare”, and although that installment was indeed much scarier than the previous installments, it failed to revive the series.

The “Nightmare on Elm Street” reboot is from the same people who gave you the “Friday the 13th” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” reboots. Just call them The Horror Reboot People.

Below: Gee, I wonder why “Freddy’s Dead” wasn’t a hit with the kids. Could it have been the flying dream demon thingies?

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  • Twitch

    A New Nightmare movie without Robert Englund wouldn’t be the same, I mean Jason & Micheal Myers is understandable cause’ they wear masks, but replacing Robert it wouldn’t be A Freddy movie without him, cause he makes the character, he is Freddy Krueger,

    • BlueAngel

      I agree 100%. I know I’m not the only Nightmare/Freddy fan who will be watching this new movie and the ‘new’ Freddy VERY closely. Cause I know the fans are not gonna be happy if we think that this new guy didn’t do Freddy/Robert Englund justice. I also want to add that, in the years to come. It wont be Jackie Earle Haley people will think of when they even mention the name Freddy Krueger. It will be Robert Englund who will ALWAYS be remembered as Freddy Krueger.

    • Genny Milianti

      I agree!! A New movie without Robert Englund would be crazy. I have watched Nightmare on Elm Strret movies since I was little. I am a hug fan. I was so excited to hear that another one was being made. I just can’t figure out how they can replace a legend.

  • Twitch

    A New Nightmare movie without Robert Englund wouldn’t be the same, I mean Jason & Micheal Myers is understandable cause’ they wear masks, but replacing Robert it wouldn’t be A Freddy movie without him, cause he makes the character, he is Freddy Krueger,

    • BlueAngel

      I agree 100%. I know I’m not the only Nightmare/Freddy fan who will be watching this new movie and the ‘new’ Freddy VERY closely. Cause I know the fans are not gonna be happy if we think that this new guy didn’t do Freddy/Robert Englund justice. I also want to add that, in the years to come. It wont be Jackie Earle Haley people will think of when they even mention the name Freddy Krueger. It will be Robert Englund who will ALWAYS be remembered as Freddy Krueger.

    • Genny Milianti

      I agree!! A New movie without Robert Englund would be crazy. I have watched Nightmare on Elm Strret movies since I was little. I am a hug fan. I was so excited to hear that another one was being made. I just can’t figure out how they can replace a legend.

  • shelby

    I AGREE.. IT WONT BE THE SAME WITHOUT ROBERT ENGLUND HE HAS BEEN IN EVERY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET SINCE THE BEGINNING AND ALL THE TRUE “NOES” FANS WILL BE LET DOWN, YOU CANT REPLACE SOME ONE WHO PLAYED A ROLE SO PERFECTLY.. HE HAD THE PERSONA, CHARACTER AND ATTITUDE… REPLACING ROBERT ENGLUND IS LIKE TAKING AWAY SANTA FROM CHRISTMAS.. YOU CAN REPLACE HIM BUT IT WILL NEVERBE THE SAME.. ITS IMMORAL!!!!!!…..IT DOESNT MATTER IF THIS GUY IS A GOOD ACTER.. ACING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FOLLOWING IN ROBERT ENGLUNDS SHOES…. ITS IMPOSSIBLE!!! I AM VERY UPSET ABOUT THIS I DEFINATLY WONT BE SPENDING MY MONEY AT THE THEATRES FOR THIS!!

  • shelby

    I AGREE.. IT WONT BE THE SAME WITHOUT ROBERT ENGLUND HE HAS BEEN IN EVERY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET SINCE THE BEGINNING AND ALL THE TRUE “NOES” FANS WILL BE LET DOWN, YOU CANT REPLACE SOME ONE WHO PLAYED A ROLE SO PERFECTLY.. HE HAD THE PERSONA, CHARACTER AND ATTITUDE… REPLACING ROBERT ENGLUND IS LIKE TAKING AWAY SANTA FROM CHRISTMAS.. YOU CAN REPLACE HIM BUT IT WILL NEVERBE THE SAME.. ITS IMMORAL!!!!!!…..IT DOESNT MATTER IF THIS GUY IS A GOOD ACTER.. ACING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FOLLOWING IN ROBERT ENGLUNDS SHOES…. ITS IMPOSSIBLE!!! I AM VERY UPSET ABOUT THIS I DEFINATLY WONT BE SPENDING MY MONEY AT THE THEATRES FOR THIS!!

  • aaron

    to be onist i think robert englund shud be freddy an every 1 is rite it wont b a nightmare on elm street wid owt englund. since they have replace the amazin freddy dont you think the fans should pick the new freddy. if i was to pick it would me robert knepper. hes freaky in prison break so he will be even beta in this remake. who thinks im rite

  • aaron

    to be onist i think robert englund shud be freddy an every 1 is rite it wont b a nightmare on elm street wid owt englund. since they have replace the amazin freddy dont you think the fans should pick the new freddy. if i was to pick it would me robert knepper. hes freaky in prison break so he will be even beta in this remake. who thinks im rite

  • Jamie T

    I understand where all you guys are coming from in relation to robert englund being a legend and an excellent freddy. However this is a remake of the movie and having robert englund play the character would not be a good idea the character of freddy really needs a new interpretation in order to have the same momentous fear impact of the original. my reasons for this are simple this movie should simply be solo in the franchise and should be rated seperately from the other movies, its stand alone and personally i think it will be scarier this time round as towards the end of the series it became a little comedic. I am excited about the new movie and will be going to see it comments are very appreciated.

  • http://yahoo Jamie T

    I understand where all you guys are coming from in relation to robert englund being a legend and an excellent freddy. However this is a remake of the movie and having robert englund play the character would not be a good idea the character of freddy really needs a new interpretation in order to have the same momentous fear impact of the original. my reasons for this are simple this movie should simply be solo in the franchise and should be rated seperately from the other movies, its stand alone and personally i think it will be scarier this time round as towards the end of the series it became a little comedic. I am excited about the new movie and will be going to see it comments are very appreciated.

  • LEEANN

    I WILL NOT GO SEE THE NIGHT MARE ON ELM STREET REMAKE IT SOULD NOT BE REMADE MICHEL BAY IS SO STUPED ROBERT ENGLUND IS AND ALLWAYS WILL BE FREDDY KRUEGER IF YOU ASK ME THAY SOULD STOP THE RE MAKE ANDDO A NEW NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET MOVIE AND HAVE ROBERT ENGLUND AS FREDDY THEWAY IT SOULD BE

  • http://GOOGLE LEEANN

    I WILL NOT GO SEE THE NIGHT MARE ON ELM STREET REMAKE IT SOULD NOT BE REMADE MICHEL BAY IS SO STUPED ROBERT ENGLUND IS AND ALLWAYS WILL BE FREDDY KRUEGER IF YOU ASK ME THAY SOULD STOP THE RE MAKE ANDDO A NEW NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET MOVIE AND HAVE ROBERT ENGLUND AS FREDDY THEWAY IT SOULD BE