2018's Halloween took an interesting approach to its massive franchise. Rather than simply being another sequel or reboot in the long running series, it was equal parts reboot and sequel. It set itself up as a direct sequel to the original Halloween, which, while it made the choice of title even more confusing, meant that it got to ignore the rest of the franchise and build its own brand new story.
That strategy paid off, and the new Halloween became one of the most successful horror movies in recent memory. It's not surprise then that it has now spawned sequels of its own, the first of which, Halloween Kills is set for release next year. Here's a rundown of everybody who's on board for the new movie.
Jamie Lee Curtis - Laurie Strode
Jamie Lee Curtis got her start in the original Halloween and she's been inextricably linked to the franchise ever since. There was no way that rebooting the franchise was going to work without bringing back Laurie Strode. She was a woman who had been dealing with the trauma of the original film's events her entire life, and not very well. It will be interesting to see how she reacts to the fact that the fight isn't over yet.
James Jude Courtney/Nick Castle - The Shape
Nick Castle was the original man behind the mask in the original Halloween. The actor was brought back in one shot of the more recent film, but he also plays the "voice" of Michael Myers as the breathing sounds, which are all we ever hear from the character, also came from Castle. The writer and director has confirmed that he'll be returning for Halloween Kills.
James Jude Courtney played Michael Myers in the rest of the new Halloween, and will put the mask on once again. for the next movie. Having survived the events of 2018's Halloween, it would appear he'll be free from the start, and probably looking for revenge.
Andi Matichak - Allyson Nelson
While Laurie Strode was a major part of the new Halloween, the real main character of the film was Laurie's granddaughter Allyson. She's the one who is stalked by Michael Myers throughout the new film and has most of her friends murdered. How will Allyson have changed after going through such a traumatic experience? She and grandma now have a lot in common.
Judy Greer - Karen Nelson
Karen is Laurie Strode's daughter and she will once again be played by the incomparable Judy Greer. Karen spends most of 2018's Halloween in a Christmas sweater because she hates Halloween, thanks to growing up with her obsessed mother. However, all the combat training Karen got as a child comes in handy when Michael Myers really does come back. Now that mother and daughter are likely on the same page, the family dynamic is set for a very big change.
Anthony Michael Hall - Tommy Doyle
Anthony Michael Hall is new to the Halloween franchise, but the character he will be playing is not. Hall will portray Tommy Doyle, the child that Laurie Strode was babysitting on the night of Michael Myers' original attack. Doyle is now all grown up and will apparently re-enter the life of his old babysitter. Interestingly, Tommy Doyle also returned as an adult in the original round of Halloween sequels, and was played by Paul Rudd. It seems unlikely that will have any specific influence on this version of the character, but who knows.
Kyle Richards - Lindsey Wallace
While Laurie Strode was babysitting Tommy Doyle in 1978's Hallloween, Laurie's friend Annie was across the street babysitting Lindsey Wallace. Annie wasn't lucky on that night, but little Lindsey did survive, and like Tommy, she'll be back in Halloween Kills. The big difference here, is that Lindsey will be played by Kyle Richards, the same actress who played the role as a child back in 1978.
Robert Longstreet - Lonnie Elam
Robert Longstreet may be best remembered recently for his role as Mr. Dudley in The Haunting of Hill House, he'll also be seen in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep. After that, however, he'll join Halloween Kills as another character seen in the very first film. Bloody Disgusting recently revealed Longstreet will play Loonie Elam. Lonnie was a kid who bullied Tommy Doyle in the first film, and very nearly entered the old Myers house on a dare. How Lonnie will appear in the new movie is anybody's guess, but it does look like Halloween Kills is set to be a major character reunion movie.
With a cast like this, that likely isn't done growing, Halloween Kills is shaping up to be one interesting movie. With David Gordon Green back to helm the movie and Danny McBride co-writing the script once again, all the pieces are in place to make yet another chilling horror film.