One of only a plethora of remakes that are in the works is A Nightmare on Elm Street, a remake of the classic ’80s horror movie of the same name. The project was just announced at the beginning of the year, but things are certainly getting going – a few weeks ago Watchmen star Jackie Earle Haley was announced to be the new Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund, you will be missed…), Kyle Gallner (seen most recently in another remake The Haunting in Connecticut) also confirmed, and last week Thomas Dekker was reportedly in final negotiations.
Apart from the iconic role of Freddy Krueger, the other big question mark hovering over this remake is who will play the lead female role who (as in the original film) is scared out of her dreaming mind like the rest of the kids on Elm Street, but ultimately fights back (a type of character almost essential for any horror/slasher movie). Well thanks to BloodyDisgusting we have our answer: Rooney Mara is in final negotiations to play the female lead of the film.
Although it’s not been explicitly stated who Mara (a relatively new actress) would be playing, effectively she will be this version of Elm Street’s Nancy Thompson (played in the original by Heather Langenkamp). As I said above, this leading lady heroine type of character is not only obligatory in the sense that ”almost every horror movie has one,” but also almost essential. It gives us someone innocent to whom we can attach ourselves and ultimately root for when the bad guy is hunting them down, trying everything they can to get their kill.
As for Mara herself, it’s definitely a good idea to get someone who is not really famous to play the role. If they had stuck someone like Keira Knightley or Cameron Diaz in there, with the status they have as not just actresses but celebrities through and through, it would have been a lot harder to see the character instead of the real life celebrity.
Choosing someone like Mara, who’s been in little more than a couple of episodes of ER and a little indie comedy from last year called Dream Boy, allows us to invest and believe her performance as the character and not just see the celebrity. I can’t say she’ll do a good job as, admittedly, I haven’t seen her in anything before, but what I will say is she ain’t exactly sore on the eyes!
What do you think of Mara playing the leading female role? Does it matter who plays this particular role or is the Freddy Krueger far more important?
A Nightmare on Elm Street is scheduled to be released on April 16th, 2010.