Platinum Dunes has announced that Jackie Earle Haley will be taking over the role of Freddy Krueger in their 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
The Oscar winning actor is famous for playing Kelly in the Bad News Bears and a child molester in the 2006 drama Little Children. He also became of fanboy favorite for playing Rorschach in Zack Snyder's Watchmen.
No word on if Robert Englund will have anything to do with the film at this time.
"Looking at his performance in 'Watchmen,' here’s a guy playing a character under a mask yet you feel tremendous empathy for him. And in 'Nightmare,' he is going to be under prosthetic make-up," director Scott Bayer told The Hollywood Reporter. "You have to feel something for the character. The greatest villains are multi-dimensional and I think he will bring that to the character."
A Nightmare on Elm Street starts shooting April 27th and is aiming for an April 16th, 2010 release date.