Brad Fuller, one of the Platinum Dunes producers behind the upcoming remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, wrote on his official blog that the newly cast Freddy Krueger, Jackie Earle Haley, is a big horror fan and that the filmmakers are now turning their attention to crafting Freddy's makeup.
Haley "was the only person we ever considered for the role," Fuller wrote, adding: "Come on, people, an Academy Award Nominated actor is playing Krueger. This was no small accomplishment, but everyone involved wanted it to happen. We all know that Jackie is an unbelievable actor, but I want to let you in on something you might not know. [Director] Sam [Bayer], [fellow producer] Drew [Form] and I had drinks with Jackie and were elated to learn that he is just like us. He is a huge fan of horror, and well aware of the rightful place Freddy Krueger holds in the horror pantheon. Quite simply, he knows what he has to do, and is very up to the task."
Fuller said that today marks the beginning of the process to create Freddy's makeup. "Jackie is going in to have his contact lenses fit as well as a head cast created so we can create the make up to fit perfectly on his face," Fuller said. "Normally, I don't go to these fittings, but I am so excited about this film, I don't want to miss anything. I won't be able to take pictures but I will post later in the week to tell you how it went."
Fuller also confirmed the casting of Kyle Gallner (The Haunting in Connecticut). "We didn't have the luxury of seeing the film before we cast him, but his audition was so impressive that everyone at the studio and [Platinum Dunes principal Michael] Bay signed off on him the same day he auditioned," Fuller said. "It was one of the few times that someone got the role in the room. He has set a very high bar for the remaining actors. I hope to have more casting news very soon."
A Nightmare on Elm Street, based on Wes Craven's 1984 original movie, is slated to open in April 2010.