Another great actress has gotten what is hopefully a choice role in the new Halloween sequel. Following the recent news that Jamie Lee Curtis would be returning to the franchise for the first time since 2002's Halloween: Resurrection, Deadline reports that Judy Greer is joining the upcoming Halloween as Karen Strode, daughter of Curtis' Laurie Strode.
Since Laurie a) apparently died in Halloween: Resurrection and b) had a daughter named Jamie who appeared in the fourth, fifth, and sixth Halloween films, it seems that the new script by David Gordon Green (who's also directing) and Danny McBride will feature a healthy disregard for continuity with the rest of the series beyond the first two films — as promised by McBride.
The age differential is also interesting, since Curtis is 58 and Greer is 42 -- but unless the movie stipulates that Laurie gave birth to Karen at 16 (now, that would present a major continuity issue), we're fairly certain that either Laurie will be aged up or Karen aged down.
Either way, Greer always makes whatever movie she's in better, and it's just a damn shame that she's not in them longer. Her recent genre credits include smallish roles in the Carrie remake (2013), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Tomorrowland (2015), Jurassic World (2015), Ant-Man (2015), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017), and in each case we would have liked to see more of her (she's set to reprise her role as Scott Lang's ex-wife in next year's Ant-Man and the Wasp).
Here's hoping she has something meatier to do in Halloween, which is being executive-produced by original Halloween director John Carpenter and horror purveyor extraordinaire Jason Blum for an October 19, 2018, arrival.