The type of film that the upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street remake is obviously demands a pretty large cast prime for victimization by the nightmarish villain – in this case, Freddy Krueger. There has already been a lot of casting news so far for this one, consisting of the new Krueger (Watchmen’s Jackie Earle Haley) and a few of the teen characters, namely Thomas Dekker, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara (the new Nancy) and Twilight’s Kellan Lutz.
Well, on the casting front things are certainly not showing signs of slowing down as actress Katie Cassidy has joined the roster.
Cassidy will play Kris, a character yet to be described (although I wouldn’t be surprised if she is just a pretty face that will be killed quickly and easily by Mr Krueger). If the name or the face isn’t immediately ringing any bells, she was in the TV show Supernatural for a good amount of time as well as being in such projects as the Black Christmas remake (who would have guessed it…) and the Liam Neeson’s thriller Taken.
Despite the brilliant casting of Haley as Krueger, I am still very cautious about this remake. The original film (that is 25 years old now if you can believe it) is such a classic that features one of the most stand-out characters of not just horror, but of film in general. Although, even if the remake sucks we still have the original there to enjoy, it still soils the name. I mean, for example, if you ask some young teenagers what Halloween is, a lot of them will probably first think of Rob Zombie’s dreadful remake.
I shudder to think what other remakes have done the same thing…
Expect more casting announcements as time goes on. I’m sure Cassidy will do as good or bad a job as any other actress who may have been cast, but when it comes down to it, that doesn’t really matter. All eyes will be firmly on Haley as Krueger.
What do you think of the cast brought together for this remake so far? Are you looking forward to the movie?
A Nightmare on Elm Street starts shooting this month in Chicago, and is scheduled for a April 16th, 2010 release.