Veteran of the horror genre, Robert Englund has chosen his pick for an actor to play Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot – and it’s Footloose star Kevin Bacon.
While many fans are punting for Englund to play Freddy Krueger one more time, the now 70-year-old actor has made it clear that he’s cone playing the part, and it’s time to pass the torch. Englund obviously still has a lot of love for the series he helped create, and he wants to see New Line’s next attempt at a revival do well.
The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise has remained dormant since Samuel Bayer’s 2010 remake of the original film, starring Rooney Mara as the ‘final girl’ Nancy, and Watchmen’s Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy. However, despite the film earning $115 million on a budget of only $35 million, it was panned by critics and universally disliked by the series’ diehard fanbase, and so New Line didn’t see any potential in continuing the story.
While Englund has never said anything bad about Haley’s portrayal, he’s been vocal about his dislike of the remake, and has hoped that the franchise could rebound. In an interview with Cinema Blend, Englund expressed his desire to see Kevin Bacon in the role of Freddy, if and when the series is rebooted:
“Well the gossip I’ve heard, and I don’t know how valid this is, but there has been some talk about using, or perhaps he’s been approached, Kevin Bacon. Yeah. I think that would be great. He’s in one of my favorite little horror movies, Stir of Echoes, and you should check it out if you haven’t seen in. And I just think Kevin’s the right size. I think he respects horror movies. He doesn’t make fun of them. I think it would be real interesting.”
Rumours have been going around the internet for a while about Bacon possibly playing Freddy, though it’s unclear where the rumours originated. For his part, Bacon has supported the idea publicly when the subject has been brought up.
As for when another Elm Street movie will happen, a reboot was reported to be in development a while back, but there have been no updates since.