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Judy Greer May Join the ‘Halloween’ Franchise

The next Halloween sequel might have added some serious acting muscle.
By  · Published on October 3rd, 2017

The next Halloween sequel might have added some serious acting muscle.

Judy Greer should be everyone’s favorite underrated actor. Despite featuring in several blockbusters in recent years, Greer is often cast to the side. Realizing that Greer is actually in that film about warring apes (albeit playing an ape) or that she plays the mom in Ant-Man (albeit in a stereotypical role) is still a fine cinematic treat, though. Or maybe we’re scrounging for scraps here. But this latest possibly update in her career has got us on the edge of our seat.

Deadline reports that Greer is set to join yet another franchise: Halloween. Almost four decades since the original movie, Greer is in negotiations to star alongside Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis herself was recently announced to return as Laurie Strode, the most lasting character in the series. Greer is in talks to play Laurie’s daughter, Karen, in the reboot.

If confirmed, Halloween will bring Greer back into horror culture. Her most recent offering in the genre was Jamie Marks is Dead, which premiered at Sundance in 2014 to positive reviews. Critics, however, were far more attentive to other aspects of that film as opposed to Greer’s performance — an easy oversight when she isn’t necessarily front and center. Greer also featured in M. Night Shyamalan’s supernatural horror film, The Village.

But as far as revisiting old haunts go, Greer had a more palpable presence in 2013’s Carrie, a remake of the 1976 film of the same name. Greer played the ineffably sweet Miss Desjardin in the remake. Chatting with Collider about tackling remakes in general, Greer revealed a desire to “honor” original material without taking away from adding personal inflexion to the characters she plays. Of the changes she made to her version of Miss Desjardin, Greer professed that, “If it works with the script…then try to act differently.”


The post-John Carpenter Halloween world leaves much to be desired. Reboot culture isn’t always the most reliable. But there are many reasons to be excited about this project. Carpenter released a statement over a year ago announcing his involvement in the project as executive producer: “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.”

The film then landed David Gordon Green (Joe, Stronger) and Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals) as writers, with Green also slated as director. Green and McBride have worked together before on considerably lighter fare — Pineapple Express probably comes to mind as the most noteworthy of their collaborations. Until now. “Huge” feels like an understatement when talking about the Halloween franchise and its deeply rooted effect on Hollywood horror. The series is sporting talent that’s stronger than ever even as it reaches its 40th anniversary. Mark your calendars: the newest Halloween reboot is slated to premiere October 19, 2018.

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Sheryl Oh often finds herself fascinated (and let's be real, a little obsessed) with actors and their onscreen accomplishments, developing Film School Rejects' Filmographies column as a passion project. She's not very good at Twitter but find her at @sherhorowitz anyway. (She/Her)