Jackie Earle Haley will officially don Freddy Krueger's signature striped sweater and long fingernails in the upcoming remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Production is expected to start rolling May 5 in Chicago.
Haley, who most recently starred as Rorschach in Watchmen, made his big comeback with 2006's Little Children. The performance earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
"Looking at his performance in Watchmen, here's a guy playing a character under a mask yet you feel tremendous empathy for him," A Nightmare on Elm Street director Samuel Bayer said. "And in Nightmare, he is going to be under prosthetic makeup. You have to feel something for the character. The greatest villains are multidimensional and I think he will bring that to the character."