Jackie Earle Haley is Freddy Krueger!

He's slipping on the striped jumper

These days, web whispers are becoming truth faster and faster – and the latest example is Jackie Earle Haley’s casting as Freddy Krueger in the new Nightmare.

Yes, New Line has announced that the artist formerly known as Rorschach will indeed be donning the blade-spouting glove and horrific facial scarring to take over as the iconic dream demon, confirming what Latino Review reported in February.

The studio – alongside regular horror partners Platinum Dunes – started working on a relaunch of the Nightmare On Elm Street series last year and casting rumours have been feverish.

It’s no shocker that the companies want to bring Freddy back – before a little series called The Lord Of The Rings, Nightmare was New Line’s biggest cash cow.

While we’re sorry to see Robert Englund deposed from the throne (cameo, please!), Haley’s a damn good choice.

Samuel Bayer is making the move from music vids and adverts to direct the film, which starts shooting next month in Chicago.

[Source: Variety]

Happy that Haley is Freddy? Pissed that Englund isn’t back? Tell us…

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    • GrandiaKnight

      Apr 5th 2009, 18:10

      They do kind of look like each other. Also Rorschach to Freddy. Not that big a leap!

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    • AYBGerrardo

      Apr 5th 2009, 19:33

      Goddammit! Now I'm gonna have to watch a crapfest horror remake just because it's got JEH in it...

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    • Aberskene

      Apr 5th 2009, 20:27

      i hope to god they don't make an a**e of another classic horror. nightmare is my favourite horror and I will cry like a little girl with a skinned knee if this is dogs**t!

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    • red157

      Apr 5th 2009, 23:54

      Well this is suddenly looking a lot less terrible. It's a wonder what perfect casting can do...

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    • red157

      Apr 5th 2009, 23:54

      Well this is suddenly looking a lot less terrible. It's a wonder what perfect casting can do...

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    • pez463

      Apr 6th 2009, 13:55

      Jackie Earle Haley will do a great job of this. good choice

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    • UncleDrunkard

      Apr 7th 2009, 14:53

      It's good that they have some one decent for the nightmare reboot, but robert englund is freddy. It's like getting someone else to play pinhead.

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    • Stubzy

      Jan 26th 2010, 20:35

      i agree with "UncleDrunkard" about Robert Englund being freddy, i mean HE WAS! the mask was made around his face!! still super excited about this tho =]

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