Judy Greer is in talks to join the Halloween franchise as Karen, the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis's Laurie Strode. Blumhouse Productions continues to grow as a major influence in the horror genre, and will now be bringing back one of the most beloved horror franchises of all time. Blumhouse is now helping David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 hit Halloween get off the ground and in production.
After a few months of talk, some big news came the way of the Halloween sequel when it was announced that Jamie Lee Curtis would return to her iconic role of Laurie Strode once more. As part of this announcement, the sequel also received a late 2018 release date, meaning the start of production is likely not far off. That looks to be true with the first new cast member joining.
Deadline reports that Judy Greer is in talks to join the sequel. Should the deal close as expected, Greer will play Karen Strode, the daughter of Laurie. No other details about how Karen will be used in the story have been revealed to this point, but this casting could signal a continued focus on the Strode family members.
Laurie had a daughter previously in the franchise, but not one that will be part of this film. In the Halloween 4-6 timeline, Laurie had a daughter by the name of Jamie, who was played by Danielle Harris in the fourth and fifth Halloween films and then by J.C. Brandy in the sixth. Greer's role will be a new character introduced to the franchise.
Greer has become a familiar onscreen presence over the years, and capitalized on her growing career by joining a few major franchises recently. In 2015, she was part of Jurassic World and Ant-Man, and while she isn't expected to be back for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, she will return for Ant-Man & The Wasp next year. She also once again had a motion capture role in War for the Planet of the Apes, and has had a steady showing on various TV series in recent years.
With Greer surely being just the first of many new castings for the sequel, how the rest of this cast shapes up should be something to keep an eye on. If they can continue to cast actors of similar stature and ability as Greer and Curtis, then Green should have plenty of talent at his disposal to make the sequel stand out.
- Halloween (2018) release date: Oct 19, 2018