Millie Bobby Brown Faces Freddy Krueger in New 'Elm Street' Reboot Trailer (2024)

Dark wizards, fire-breathing dragons, and now, Freddy Krueger. Is there any demon from the fiery depths Millie Bobby Brown can’t take on?

In the last eight years, actress Millie Bobby Brown, best known for playing the telekinetic teen Eleven/Jane Hopper in Netflix’s Stranger Things (2016), has shot to stardom. The sci-fi horror series has quickly become one of the most popular franchises ever, spawning comic books, novels, mobile games, video games, stage plays, and other immersive experiences.

Since first appearing as Eleven, Brown has also been busy filling her resume while planting her feet firmly in two movie franchises, appearing as the titular detective in Netflix’s Enola Holmes (2020) and Enola Holmes 2 (2022) and as Kaiju-hunting teen Maddison Russell in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). But could the star’s future lie in one of the many franchises Stranger Thingspays homage to?

Millie Bobby Brown Faces Freddy Krueger in New 'Elm Street' Reboot Trailer (1)

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It’s no mystery that Stranger Things pays homage to countless ’80s franchises. Not to discredit this absolutely genius hit sci-fi series, but while it has a solid concept that has thrilled Netflix viewers for the past eight years, the whole thing is essentially a melting pot of ’80s nostalgia that draws upon several movies for inspiration.

Season 4, in particular, is a love letter to the A Nightmare on Elm Street film franchise. The main protagonist Vecna/Henry Creel/One (Jamie Campbell Bower) — a human-turned-disfigured-supernatural-monster who sports a clawed hand and essentially murders teens in their sleep — is obviously inspired by the iconic “dream demon” Freddy Krueger. Robert Englund himself even appears as Henry Creel’s father, Victor Creel. Need we say more?

Millie Bobby Brown in A Nightmare on Elm Street

Now, the space between the Stranger Things and A Nightmare on Elm Street universes has become even narrower, as a brand-new trailer for the iconic ’80s horror franchise has emerged from the dream world, and it features none other than Millie Bobby Brown as “final girl” Nancy Thompson, who must face dream demon Freddy Krueger.

Check it out below, courtesy of YouTube channel KH Studios:

Unfortunately, as you’ve probably already guessed from the extremely poor quality of the trailer, this is completely fake — KH Studios have been churning out fan-made trailers (with some supplementary AI Deepfake technology) every day for quite some time now (see the Back to the Future trailer with Tom Holland and the Batgirl trailer with Jenna Ortega).

This trailer uses footage from 2010’s half-asleep A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot (it even superimposes Millie Bobby Brown’s face over Rooney Mara’s Nancy Thompson), and a few entries from Brown’s own resume, including Godzilla vs. Kong and Damsel (2024).

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However, like all the other fake trailers, A Nightmare on Elm Street gives some food for thought. While it remains to be seen what life will be like for the stars of Stranger Things beyond Season 5 — many cast members have already “jumped ship” to other franchises in preparation (Finn Wolfhard is now in Ghostbusters, David Harbour is in Violent Night, and so on).

Eleven actress Millie Bobby Brown is unlikely to return to Godzilla or Enola Holmes, as she doesn’t appear in the new Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024) and there are no signs of a third Enola film being in development.

As such, with Stranger Things Season 5 almost upon us, Brown might want to start looking at some other well-known IPs, and if Netflix’s Damsel alone proves anything, there might be no better place for her than a horror franchise — especially one that’s as tied to the ’80s as Stranger Things.

Could Brown follow Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984, A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors, and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare) and Rooney Mara (the 2010 reboot) and play Nancy Thompson in anElm Street reboot?

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Is Freddy Krueger Coming Back?

There has been a fair bit of chatter about an Elm Street reboot since Platinum Dunes’ failed attempt in 2010 (although, while a critical bomb, it did gross $117.7M against its $35M budget), but for reasons that aren’t entirely understood, Hollywood seems to be unable to get its razor-clawed hand into the property, despite the fact it has no problem rebooting other iconic slasher franchises such as Halloween, Child’s Play, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and Scream.

We’ll just have to wait and see what Tinseltown dreams up in the next couple of years.

Meanwhile, Millie Bobby Brown is set to reprise her role as Eleven in the fifth and final season of Stranger Things, which is probably the closest we’ll ever get to seeing her face off against dream demons for the time being.

Would you like to see Millie Bobby Brown star in the A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

Millie Bobby Brown Faces Freddy Krueger in New 'Elm Street' Reboot Trailer (2024)


Who is playing Freddy Krueger in 2024? ›

As per The Direct, a fan-made poster of the film sparked rumours that Robert Englund, who portrayed the scary role of Freddy Krueger in the film, is set to return in the expected instalment.

Who plays Freddy Krueger in Dylan's New Nightmare? ›

Englund has become synonymous with the character thanks to his portrayal of Freddy for nearly two decades, but the actor was replaced by newcomer Dave McRae for Cecil Laird's Dylan's New Nightmare.

Is the 2010 Nightmare on Elm Street a reboot? ›

Fuller said that the film is a remake of the 1984 film, but clarified that they would borrow character deaths and dream sequences from the entire series. In February 2009, Samuel Bayer was hired to direct the film.

Is Johnny Depp in The New Nightmare on Elm Street? ›

Johnny Depp got his start in Wes Craven's classic slasher Nightmare On Elm Street, but unfortunately viewers missed out on his New Nightmare return. While Johnny Depp was willing to reprise his role for a Nightmare On Elm Street sequel, unfortunately, viewers missed out on this cameo due to an unlikely issue.

Is Robert Englund making a new Freddy Krueger? ›

The actor spoke to Insider about his new documentary, "Hollywood Dreams & Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story." Englund said he's done playing Freddy — but suggested Kevin Bacon take over the role.

What gender is Freddy Krueger? ›

Freddy Krueger
Created byWes Craven
Portrayed byRobert Englund Jackie Earle Haley (2010 film)
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Did Freddy Krueger have a girlfriend? ›

Freddy tortures animals and engages in self-mutilation, and becomes a serial killer by murdering the children of people who had bullied him when he was a child. Prior to his murder, he is married to a woman named Loretta (Lindsey Fields), whom he eventually also murders.

What happened to Nancy Freddy Krueger? ›

The film ends with Nancy dying after being stabbed by Krueger, but manages to stab him with his own glove, while Neil takes care of Freddy's corpse and doses it in holy water to fully destroy him. She is laid to rest in the cemetery, with Kristen, Joey, Kincaid and Neil in attendance.

Who is the kid in Freddy's New Nightmare? ›

Miko Hughes as Dylan Porter. Hughes plays the son of Heather Langenkamp and Chase Porter whose mental health begins to deteriorate after his encounters with Freddy. Hughes was no stranger to horror films, having previously acted in the role of Gage Creed in the 1989 film Pet Sematary.

Who won Freddy vs. Jason? ›

Jason ultimately defeats Freddy despite appearing to die in the process, stabbing him with Freddy's own claws before falling into Crystal Lake, though if he did this to continue battling Freddy or for some reason save Lori for saving him earlier is unknown.

Why did Robert Englund stop being Freddy? ›

“I'm too old and thick to play Freddy now,” Englund says. “I just can't do fight scenes for more than one take anymore, I've got a bad neck and bad back and arthritis in my right wrist. So I have to hang it up, but I would love to cameo.”

How does Freddy Krueger pick his victims? ›

How does Freddy Krueger choose his victims? In the first film they were the children of the people who murdered him — the people who went to the place he slept and set him on fire. After that…….. it seemed to be pretty random. He just got the taste for murdering and killing and torturing and carried on doing it.

How old was Johnny Depp when he was in Nightmare on Elm Street? ›

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - A 21-year-old Depp landed his first film role in Wes Craven's cult slasher film. As Glen, a teenager whose dreams are haunted by Freddy Krueger, Depp got Hollywood's attention for his bad boy demeanor and brooding good looks. (Photo: New Line Cinema)

How old is Nancy in Nightmare on Elm Street? ›

Her breakthrough role was as the resourceful 15-year-old heroine Nancy Thompson in Wes Craven's slasher film A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)—the first film in the franchise of the same name.

Who's playing Freddy Krueger in the new movie? ›

But other than Jackie Earl Haley's solid performance as Freddy Krueger, the film is terrible.

Who is playing Nightmare on Elm Street? ›

It is the first installment in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and stars Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, and Johnny Depp in his film debut.

Who else could play Freddy Krueger? ›

Kevin Bacon

While Bacon, 65, is a brilliant actor and takes to any role like a duck to water, his portrayal of invisible psychotic scientist Sebastian Caine in The Hollow Man (2000) alone makes him a great contender. In a 2017 interview with CinemaBlend, Englund agreed that Bacon would be a good fit for Freddy.

Is Max making a Freddy Krueger series? ›

Directed by Rob Zombie in his television series debut, brace yourself for an unforgettable descent into darkness.” What is this? While there is no Fred series publicly in development under Warner Bros. Discovery (which owns Max), a new Freddy Krueger-focused project has been in the works for some time.

Will there be a nightmare on Elm Street 8? ›

A Nightmare On Elm Street 8 Is Not Confirmed

In December 2023, the Facebook page "YODA BBY ABY" made a fake post announcing A Nightmare on Elm Street 8 titled, "Freddy's Nightmares", along with a synopsis and the news that Robert Englund would be returning for the part, the first time since Freddy vs. Jason in 2003.


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