Despite the rumours that Nick Castle would be reprising his role as Michael Myers in 2018’s Halloween sequel, it seems that he won’t be the only actor to play the iconic villain.
Blumhouse’s new Halloween film will ignore all the convoluted sequels that came before it, embracing only the original film. Seeing the return of some of the original’s beloved actors, including Jamie Lee Curtis, who will reprise her role as Laurie Strode, Halloween 2018 will also see the return of creator John Carpenter as composer, and the series’ original Michael Myers actor, Nick Castle.
Easily the best version of the killer in the entire franchise, fans were thrilled to hear that Castle would return – however, Castle won’t be the only actor under the mask. James Jude Courtney has revealed that both he and Castle shared the role. Courtney, a veteran actor and stuntman, was already playing Myers when director David Gordon Green invited Castle to play the character for a couple of scenes:
“And David was also really sensitive and generous when he said, ‘We’re inviting Nick Castle to come back to do a little work. Do you have a problem with that, because you’re the Michael Myers now?’ And I was like, ‘Oh my God. Are you kidding? What an honor it would be, first of all, to meet the guy, but secondly to work with him. How good does that get?’
So we started work, and I can’t remember if it was the second or third week that Nick came in and did kind of a cameo. He did a couple of scenes, and I’m in the scenes with him, which is really beautiful. He and I were hoping that would happen, because he even said, ‘This is the passing of the torch.’ We met with foreign journalists on the set, and Nick was so super gracious and just saying, ‘Look, I’ve come in to do a cameo. Jim is our Michael Myers now.’”
Courtney clarified that the scenes Castle is a part of would be intercut between shots of the two different actors playing Myers, and reports that he was merely there as a stunt double were incorrect:
“That’s correct, exactly. The thing is – I didn’t look at any press while I was working. I just wanted to stay focused. But I started reading this thing about my being his stunt double. I mean, Nick is 5’10, 170lbs, and I’m 6’3, 210lbs, so… (laughs) I think that’d be really difficult to pull off. Nick was very gracious.”
Suffice to say, it will be interesting to see how the role is split between the two actors. Given that the new Halloween takes place around 40 years after the original, Myers would be around 61 in the new film. Despite no new details being revealed about the film’s plot, many have confirmed that it stays true to the original, and is likely to leave fans very happy.
Halloween 2018 is set for release on October 19th.