‘Elm Street’ Reboot May Feature a Female Freddy Krueger

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Freddy Krueger about to kill Julie in 'Wes Craven's New Nightmare'

Credit: New Line Cinema

Freddy Krueger may be female in the Elm Street reboot.

Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the most iconic slasher franchises of all time, but there’s no denying that it has fallen behind quite a bit.

Fellow slasher franchises like Scream, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Child’s Play, and Friday the 13th continue to churn out new installments, whether sequels, reboots, or television shows. It was also recently announced that a Halloween shared universe is in the works.

Rohan Campbell as Corey Cunningham looking through the tunnel in 'Halloween Ends'
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But A Nightmare on Elm Street seems to have fallen by the wayside. There hasn’t been a new film since the 2010 reboot from Platinum Dunes, which saw Jackie Earl Haley take over from Robert Englund as the hideously burned dream demon Freddy Krueger.

That’s not to say there isn’t already plenty of Elm Street content. Since Wes Craven’s first film was released in 1984, there have been eight entries: A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors (1987), A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).

Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Kruger in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' reboot
Credit: Platinum Dunes / New Line Cinema

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Fans wanting more Freddy Krueger recently got their wish in the form of Dylan’s New Nightmare (2023). But while it sees the return of Miko Hughes as Dylan Porter from Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Freddy is played by a new actor, and the film is fan made.

In the film, Freddy is played by Dave McRae, a full-time professional voice actor and independent filmmaker. While he’s been praised for his performance, fans are hoping for something official. They also want to see Robert Englund reprise his role.

Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Kruger in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' reboot
Credit: Platinum Dunes / New Line Cinema

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Who will play Freddy in the Elm Street reboot?

Sadly, seeing Englund return is never going to happen. Earlier this year, the horror icon announced his unofficial retirement from the franchise. Englund played Freddy in eight out of nine of the films, so there’s no surprise he’s become synonymous with the role.

We’ve already considered which actors might be suitable candidates to replace Robert Englund and take up the mantle of Freddy Krueger. A few names have also been thrown around over the years, and Kevin Bacon is one that always comes up in conversation.

Freddy Krueger on the ceiling in 'Wes Craven's New Nightmare'
Credit: New Line Cinema

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More recently, Fast and Furious actor Sung Kang threw his hat into the ring to play Freddy Krueger in an Elm Street reboot. But will a reboot ever happen? When you look elsewhere in the horror movie industry, saying it’s inevitable is no stretch of the imagination.

At this point, there’s no telling what form an Elm Street reboot might take. A legacy sequel, direct remake, television series, prequel — we’ll just have to wait and see. But what form might Freddy himself take? Is it time for something different?

Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Kruger in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' reboot
Credit: Platinum Dunes / New Line Cinema

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Could Freddy even be female in the Elm Street reboot? Female-led reboots are hardly unheard of. Even in horror, last year’s Hellraiser (2022) reboot featured a female version of the main antagonist, Pinhead, a character who was previously portrayed by Doug Bradley.

We also know that Freddy can take on any form he likes in the dream world, which was established in Wes Craven’s original 1984 film. Or, perhaps the filmmakers are willing to rewrite the origins of the “Springwood Slasher” entirely to create something new.

Here are eight female actors who would be perfect to play a female version of Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot.

Actors who can play Freddy in the Elm Street reboot

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, talking to Batman and Robin
Credit: Warner Bros.

These days, Uma Thurman is best known for starring in the Quentin Tarantino films Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004). However, in the late ’90s, she was most famous for portraying the Batman villain Poison Ivy in Batman and Robin (1997).

Thurman’s portrayal as Gotham’s goddess of gardening might be incredibly cheesy (just like the rest of the film), but her one-liners have Freddy Krueger written all over them.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o as Red in 'Us'
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Lupita Nyong’o has starred in many films and has even appeared in Marvel’s Black Panther installments. But one of her most stand-out performances to date is the character Red in the excellent Jordan Peele horror film Us (2019).

Nyong’o plays two characters in the film — Adelaide Wilson and her “shadow,” Red. As the latter, she’s an unhinged, scissors-wielding creature from the dark. Sound familiar?

Margot Robbie

Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) with her bat in 'Suicide Squad'
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Margot Robbie is no stranger to larger-than-life characters. While this year’s Barbie (2023) was a box office phenomenon, she’s best known for playing Batman villain Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016), Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey (2020), and The Suicide Squad (2021).

But is it time Robbie played a much darker villain, like a female version of Freddy Krueger in the Elm Street reboot? Forget Barbie’s Dreamhouse — this would be a nightmare.

Helena Bonham Carter

Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) casting a Killing Curse on Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) in 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'
Credit: Warner Bros.

Helena Bonham Carter is another star who’s no stranger to playing villains, whether it’s Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), the Queen of Hearts in the Alice in Wonderland films, or Bellatrix Lestrange in four of the Harry Potter films.

We think her version of Freddy should be heavily inspired by Bellatrix. After all, the twisted witch loves to taunt her victims, and the way she licks her teeth when she smiles… shudder.

Samara Weaving

Samara Weaving getting married in 'Ready or Not'
Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Samara Weaving has already starred in her fair share of horror movies. The Babysitter films on Netflix, Ready or Not (2019), and more recently, Scream VI (2023). But it’s high time the Australian actor got her shot at playing another horror movie villain.

Weaving is the main villain in The Babysitter films, and she definitely has what it takes to play a villain like Freddy. She already has an incredible scream; now let’s hear that cackle…

Tilda Swinton

The White Witch (Tilda Swinton) in 'The Chronicles of Narnia'
Credit: Disney

Tilda Swinton is a decorated actress who has appeared in many films, from The Beach (2000) to We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), and blockbusters such as Doctor Strange (2016), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and The Chronicles of Narnia (2005).

In Narnia, Swinton plays the White Witch/Queen Jadis. Freddy Krueger is very “witch-like” himself, and seeing Swinton bring her talents to the role would be a nightmare come true.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode in the hospital in 'Halloween Kills'
Credit: Universal Studios

It might seem strange to think of Jamie Lee Curtis playing any other iconic character besides Laurie Strode from seven of the Halloween films , but a female version of Freddy Krueger would feel worlds apart from the one we’ve come to know and fear all these years.

Curtis might be a bit too famous to play a character like Freddy Krueger (but you could make the same argument about most actors on this list), but we’d still like to see it happen.

Juliet Landau

Drusilla (Juliet Landau) about to kill Kendra in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
Credit: 20th Century Studios

Here’s an actress who’s much less known than anyone on this list. But that’s not to say she doesn’t have a massive cult following. Juliet Landau will forever be known as the vampire Drusilla/Dru from the hit television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 — 2003).

There’s something deeply unsettling about Dru. Not only is she an evil vampire with no remorse whatsoever, but her disturbing, childlike demeanor is the stuff of nightmares.

Where can I watch the new Elm Street reboot?

Dylan’s New Nightmare is now available to watch on The Horror Show YouTube channel. The Indiegogo page for the film lists the synopsis as follows:

Dylan’s New Nightmare is an unofficial sequel to Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, one of the most unique and high concept installments to the [A] Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.

Dave McRae as Freddy Krueger in 'Dylan's New Nightmare'
Credit: Womp Stomp Films / ‘Elm Street’ IP Owners New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. (International) / Wes Craven’s Estate (US)

This short film picks up 25 years after the events of New Nightmare and follows Dylan Porter (Miko Hughes), the young son of Heather Langenkamp, now a grown man trying to make his way in the world his parents raised him in –Hollywood. Little does he know that the evil entity known as Freddy Krueger is back, and eager to once again break into our world through the son of his favorite victim!

Dylan’s New Nightmare is now available to watch online.

Would you like to see a female version of Freddy Krueger in the Elm Street reboot? Do any of these actresses have what it takes? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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