A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise star Robert Englund knows who he wants to replace him as Freddy Krueger: Kevin Bacon.
During a Q&A panel at Monster-Mania Con in New Jersey, Englund talked about his ideas for the future of A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, the impact home video made on monster movies, his creative freedom with the Freddy character and more. Addressing his potential replacement, Englund said, "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," Englund continued. "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."
Englund has played the quippy slasher since the series' debut in 1984, including 2003's horror crossover film Freddy vs. Jason. The franchise was rebooted in with Jackie Earle Haley playing Krueger. A second remake was announced in 2015, though little progress has been made on the film.