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UPDATED: Jackie Earle Haley IS the New Freddy!

Jackie Earle HaleyOne name that keeps being mentioned as a possible Freddy Krueger in the upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street reboot is Jackie Earle Haley, and it’s starting to look more and more like the role is his if rumors swirling around today on the Net can be believed.

Bloody Disgusting claims that Haley is now in “final talks” with the powers-that-be and we can “expect an official announcement as early as next week.” He definitely made one helluva Rorschach, and anyone who caught him as sex offender Ronnie McGorvey in Todd Fields’ Little Children knows he can play someone who’s creepy yet oddly sympathetic, which would seem to fit this new version of Freddy to a “t”.

In a related story, BD has Kyle Gallner (The Haunting In Connecticut) in final talks as well to play “Quentin, the podcast host and Johnny Depp character.”

Guess we’ll find out soon if director Samuel Bayer and the rest of the Platinum Dunes folks agree with these reports.

UPDATE: And it’s confirmed – THR’s Risky Biz Blog states “Nightmare has its new Freddy.” Let the hoorays commence!

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  • FilmCritic3000

    I concur with everyone else. He was the only choice.

    Now let’s hope this movie doesn’t suck.

  • rjschwarz

    Why does anyone want Freddie to be oddly sympathetic? I think sympathy is the last thing I want to feel for my slashers.

    • Jim_McD

      Because the current crop of writers in the industry are ridiculously unimaginative. They just aren’t capable of thinking of anything good. Considering how much money The Dark Knight made, it’s astounding they haven’t learned anything about writing a good villain, or at least ripping Nolan’s Joker off.

  • elric300

    I’m still not fond of this remake idea, but if anyone’s going to try and fill Englund’s shows, THIS is the man. I don’t do “luck”, but I wish him the best of success as he’s got some incredibly big shoes to fill.

  • The Unknown Murderer

    Good.

  • Rorschach

    Heh. If anyone CAN make this role theirs, I think it’s Jackie Earle, though I hope he doesn’t turn the “sympathy” meter up too high. Maybe in the lynching scene, yeah, but otherwise, I want this Freddy to be a completely disgusting, hateable villain.

    EDIT: Just read on this link: http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/15806 that Jackie Earle is confirmed as Freddy, and Gallner is in final talks now.

    So who’s been confirmed FOR SURE, and who is still in talks?