Robert Englund is open to return to Elm Street in near future


After reprising his role as slasher icon Freddy Krueger in The Goldbergs, Robert Englund isn’t ruling out a return to Elm Street in the future.

Back in 1984, horror master Wes Craven introduced the audience to a burnt serial killer with a bladed glove that could kill you in your dreams: Freddy Krueger, brilliantly played by Robert Englund, A Nightmare on Elm Street kicked off a franchise with five sequels (not counting Wes Craven’s New Nightmare), a spin-off crossover with Jason Voorhees in Freddy vs Jason and a reboot in 2010, with Jackie Earle Haley taking on the role of Freddy Krueger.

The last time we saw Englund in full Krueger mode was in Freddy vs Jason, which served as a finale of sorts for the character, with Jason Voorhees seemingly winning the battle and emerging from the lake with his machete in one hand and Freddy’s head in the other — but Freddy had one last trick under his sleeve and winked to the audience before cutting to the credits. With horror classics like Halloween and Child’s Play going through the reboot treatment, could we see Englund as Krueger one more time?

Speaking to Access Live (via Comicbook), Englund opened up about a possible reboot of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and making an appearance in it… though it might not exactly be as Freddy Krueger.

"“I think they want to reboot the franchise, but they’re gonna need a new actor. They’re gonna need a new actor to play Freddy because they’re gonna have to do eight of them. I might have one left in me… but yeah”."

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Last year, in an interview with EW, Englund said he is “too old to do another Freddy now”, given the physicality that comes with the role, and added that it was fun that “the last moment of me ever playing Freddy is a wink to the audience”. Englund recently came out of Krueger-retirement and put on the costume for an episode of The Goldbergs.

Now, not to push Mr. Englund or anything, but there are options. For example, take the new Halloween, where we had both Nick Castle and Jude Courtney as Michael Myers —  or if we visit other genres, we have Peter Mayhew and Joonas Suotamo playing Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The point is: we could still have Robert Englund as Krueger without him going through all the physicality that comes with it and that he doesn’t feel comfortable with anymore (though we are sure he could still do it, come on). Just a thought.

There’s no word on a potential reboot yet, so until then, Robert Englund can give it a second thought. Supposing we do get a revival of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, who would you cast as Freddy Krueger and why? We are listening.

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