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Original Michael Myers donning mask again for Halloween reboot

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Dec 20, 2017

The man who first played Michael Myers, aka The Shape in the original film's closing credits, is coming home again.

The Wrap reports that Nick Castle, who donned a cheap William Shatner mask and coveralls to terrify millions and create a horror icon in John Carpenter's original 1978 film Halloween, will reprise the role in the upcoming sequel/reboot. According to Bloody Disgusting, stunt actor James Jude Courtney will also play the killer in the film, as well.

Castle's casting will put the original Michael Myers up against his sister and arch-nemesis, Laurie Strode, for the first time since that initial film, as Jamie Lee Curtis is also returning for her (arguably) signature role. She last played Laurie in 2002's Halloween: Resurrection, in which Michael was played by Brad Loree.

Michael Myers is Nick Castle's highest profile acting role, as he's worked mainly as a writer and director. He co-wrote Escape from New York with Carpenter, and directed the 1984 cult film The Last Starfighter, among others.

The role of Myers as an adult has also been played over the years by Tony Moran (who played the briefly unmasked Michael in the closing scenes of the 1978 movie), Dick Warlock (Halloween II), George P. Wilbur (Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers), Donald L. Shanks (Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers), Chris Durand (Halloween H20), and Tyler Mane (Rob Zombie's 2007 Halloween remake and its 2009 sequel).

As for the new Halloween, it's being produced by horror impressario Jason Blum for his Blumhouse banner (with John Carpenter on board as executive producer) and directed by David Gordon Green (Stronger, Pineapple Express) from a script by Green and Danny McBride (This is the End). The only other announced cast members are Judy Greer and Andi Matichak.

One interesting thing about this: Castle is now 70-years-old, and Curtis is obviously older, as well. Will the character of Michael Myers be aged accordingly, too? We'll find out when Halloween arrives in theaters Oct. 19, 2018.