Only weeks after delay rumors, it appears the team behing the Halloween reboot are getting back on track, casting a major role in the film. Deadline reports that Andi Matichak has been cast alongside Judy Greer and Halloween alumni Jamie Lee Curtis.
Matichek, pictured above in a 2016 episode of the TV series Underground, will also appear in the upcoming science fiction film Replicate. Matichak has signed on to portray Allyson, the daughter of Judy Greer’s character.
Next year’s Halloween (directed by David Gordon Green, who co-wrote the screenplay with Danny McBride) is a direct sequel to director John Carpenter’s 1978 classic. In an interview with Robbie Daw at Stereogum, Carpenter (who is an executive producer on the new movie) describes the project as “almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one.”
The new film will ignore all other sequels and the Rob Zombie reboots. The franchise already has a convoluted set of timelines. 1981’s Halloween II (which, like the first film, was written by John Carpenter & Debra Hill) continues the tale of Laurie Strode’s October 31, 1978 trauma. 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch has a plot wholly unrelated to the first two movies. 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers was a sequel to part II that brought back the masked antagonist and focused on a kid named Jamie (daughter of Laurie). 1989’s critically-reviled Halloween 5 continued Jamie’s confrontations with boogeyman Michael Myers, and 1995’s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers concludes one of the franchise’s timelines. 1998’s Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later is a direct sequel to the first two films, creating a new continuity that wrapped up with the abysmal Halloween: Resurrection in 2002. Rob Zombie then wrote and directed a pair of films to reboot the franchise. 2018’s Halloween shall follow the original Laurie Strode from the 1978 film with no connection to any of the other installments.
In 1981’s Halloween II, viewers learned that Laurie Strode and Michael Myers were siblings. Presumably, the new movie will ignore that bit of ill-conceived retroactive continuity.
Halloween is slated for release on October 19th, 2018.