Nick Castle, who played Michael Myers in the original Halloween, has just wrapped filming on David Gordon Green’s 40-years-later sequel, wherein he’s once again playing Michael Myers; stunt performer James Jude Courtney has also been cast to play Myers, likely tasked with donning the mask to do the film’s actual stunt work.
Chatting with Halloween Daily News shortly after filming just came a close, Castle spoke for the first time about reprising the role he made famous 40 years ago.
For starters, he says the new film effectively captures the spirit of the old one.
“It’s very neighborhood-centric, you know, like the first one,” Castle told the site. “It feels a lot like [the first film]. There are a lot of things coinciding [in the new film] that feel like clever ways to introduce a kind of déjà vu of the first one, without feeling like it’s being copied. The script had some very clever people working on it.”
Castle continued, “Especially for this movie, that has such a loving fan base, you first and foremost want to honor that, as a fellow filmmaker, and you certainly don’t want to thumb your nose at it, because that’s just going to come back and bite you in the ass. They were very clear on wanting to find the tone that was in the first one. It was the first thing out of their mouths really: ‘We want to do it like John did it.’”
Castle also teased the role of the Strode family in the new film.
“What I like about this is they’ve got some really good young actors. They fleshed out their roles. They fleshed out the relationship of Jamie’s character with her daughter and her granddaughter, so you’ve got that whole generational thing going,” Castle noted.
Michael returns home on October 19, 2018.
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— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) February 16, 2018
Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode in this year’s Halloween, which will take place after the original classic and disregard *all* of the sequels. Judy Greer has been cast to play Karen Strode, Laurie’s daughter, while Andi Matichak recently landed the coveted role of the film’s young lead (daughter to Greer and granddaughter to Curtis).
The cast also includes Virginia “Ginny” Gardner (Project Almanac, Marvel’s “Runaways”), Miles Robbins (Mozart in the Jungle, My Friend Dahmer), Dylan Arnold (Mudbound, Laggies, When We Rise), and Drew Scheid (“Stranger Things”, The War with Grandpa). They will be playing the friends of Matichak’s Allyson.
Will Patton has been cast to play a cop. Rob Niter will play a member of the Warren County Sheriff’s Department. Rhian Rees is playing a character named Dana.
In Halloween, co-written by Danny McBride, “Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”