Robert Englund Teases New Role In A “Terribly Popular Show.” Could it be Stranger Things, Supernatural, Fear the Walking Dead or even American Horror Story?
Englund’s quote comes from Broke Horror Fan, where he teased this upcoming role:
“I’ve got something coming up that I’m going to be shooting later this month. I’m not allowed to talk about it, but it also is very challenging, on a show that’s terribly, terribly popular. And I’m looking forward to the fan reaction to that as well.”
The last time Robert Englund appeared on television was in the 2018 episode of The Goldbergs titled “Mister Knifey-Hands,” wherein the horror icon played Freddy Krueger.
However, you can still check out the man behind the makeup as he is booting up to host a new series, True Terror With Robert Englund, on the Travel Channel.
True Terror takes a nightmarish journey through the horrors of U.S. history, and Englund draws upon his ominously charismatic presence to heighten the entire affair. The show brings him full circle while drawing not only upon his place in popular culture but his theatrical roots. In each episode, Englund uses his ominous tones and creepy charisma to masterfully weave together a trilogy of spine-tingling tales, guided by newspaper accounts and layered with commentary from historians and experts that prove that truth is always stranger than fiction.
But what about Englund’s return to his most iconic role? It’s been over 17 years since 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason — later, he was replaced by Jackie Earle Hailey for 2010’s remake of Craven’s original film to poor reception. Back in mid-February, Englund spoke with EW about whether he will ever return to his most iconic role, Freddy Krueger:
“I don’t think I’ll ever don the makeup again. I’m a little too old for that. I’m a little long in the tooth to play Freddy now. I think if I was doing it, it would be more like Freddy vs. Viagra.”
Englund admitted he would be happy to play a smaller role if the franchise is rebooted.
“I know that the rights to A Nightmare on Elm Street have gone back to the Wes Craven family estate,” said the actor. “And I know they’ve looked at a lot of different submissions and ideas. I’m hoping they’re open-minded because there’s a lot of young screenwriters and wannabe director-screenwriters that have been kind of obsessed with the horror genre and have some interesting ideas. I would love to be invited back if they decide to reboot A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: The Dream Warriors. I would love to come back and maybe play the dream analyst (played by Elizabeth Pointer), the woman in the therapy sessions who doesn’t believe that there can be such a thing as a collective nightmare that’s common to a group of people. I think it would be fun for the fans, it would be fun for me to play the part originally played by a woman and do a flip on that. I think there’s kind of a tradition in the horror genre of cameos like that, so that would be fun for me. But I have no idea whether they’re going to go on and create completely new stories or whether they’re going to go back and do prequels or origin stories on the Freddy Krueger myth. I don’t know what they’re up to. So, I’m just waiting to hear.”
True Terror With Robert Englund, begins airing right now! Yeah, it’s already happened! Wednesday, March 18 at 10 pm EST. Tune in weekly on Wednesday at 10 after that.
Sources: New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Travel Channel