Robert Englund: If reboot happens will he reprise Freddy Krueger?

Photo: Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.. Image Courtesy Shudder
Photo: Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.. Image Courtesy Shudder /

Robert Englund revealed in a recent interview that he is too old to play Freddy Krueger but if a reboot were to happen, he wouldn’t mind reprising another franchise character in a cameo.

Robert Englund is a busy man these days promoting his new Travel Channel series, True Terror with Robert Englund which premieres on March 18. Yesterday, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, invariably A Nightmare on Elm Street was brought up.

That is because a possible reboot might happen if Elijah Wood has his way. The actor’s company, SpectreVision is interested in pitching an idea to Wes Craven’s estate that involves passing the torch and moving on without Freddy Krueger.

However, that would entail Englund reprising his role for Wood’s approach. The actor feels that Freddy’s inclusion is necessary to “honor the series, that character and Wes Craven,” and then a new chapter could begin in the Nightmare franchise.

Basically, it is the same idea that Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert have in mind for their proposed continuation of the Evil Dead universe. Except their take would be sans Ash Williams and just starting with new characters.

If a reboot were to happen, would Robert Englund be interested in reprising his iconic role of Freddy Krueger? Unfortunately, no. In his words:

"“I don’t think I’ll ever don the makeup again. I’m a little too old for that.”"

That being said, he isn’t ruling out the possibility of appearing in another Elm Street film. In fact, he thinks it would be fun and a bit of an “in joke” with fans if he played a role similar to Elizabeth Pointer’s dream analyst, Dr. Elizabeth Simms in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors.

Hopefully, if they do decide to revisit the franchise, some enterprising new screenwriter will suggest a Robert Englund cameo. Until then, you can catch the actor on True Terror with Robert Englund starting March 18 at 10 p.m. on the Travel Channel.

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