There was a time when Robert Englund seemed adamant about never playing Freddy Krueger again, but he recently suggested that he may have one more outing as the iconic bogeyman left in him, and then actually did reprise the role for a special appearance on last year’s Halloween episode of The Goldbergs. Of course many still want to see him play the role in another film. At ‘NJ’s Monster Mania’ over the weekend, Englund again suggested that he could “probably” do it one more time, and offered up his thoughts on who should play Freddy next.
“We need a Freddy that can do the next eight movies – or seven, I don’t want them to remake Part 1 again. I’m not Freddy anymore, you guys. I could do one more…probably. If you shot me up with vitamin c. But here’s the thing. I can’t do eight more, you guys. So we need a new actor that you guys believe in and trust and love that can go the distance.”
“He’s not a kid anymore either but the rumor I’ve heard that I like is Kevin Bacon. Kevin loves horror. He’s a real actor. He’s a character actor. Kevin was great in Tremors. Kevin was great in Stir of Echoes. And I’ve heard this rumor. We need someone like that to take it on. And re-do it, exploiting all of the new technology.”
This isn’t actually the first time Bacon has been linked with Freddy. A fan suggested him back in 2016 to which Bacon replied: “I like the way you think”. I personally think that Bacon would be excellent. As good as Englund? Maybe not. But if there’s going to be a new series of films [sorry Robert, but I think they’re very likely to remake the first movie again when they finally do decide to bring Freddy back], it makes sense to have a new guy playing the part right from the offset.