So, evidently Jackie Earl Haley is Platinum Dune's new Freddy Krueger.
This is big, BIG news for Haley - a few years ago he was a beyond-forgotten former child star (from the original "Bad News Bears") only to re-emerge back onto the scene with extraordinary roles in "All The Kings Men" and "Little Children;" and now in 2009 he's the unquestioned breakout star of "Watchmen" and set to take the lead role in a major studio franchise film. The guy's a terrific actor, and he deserves all this success and more.
EVERY "spooky guy" actor in the business was on the short-list for Krueger, so it's a pretty big coup for him... but I'm thinking it's actually Platinum Dunes "lucking out" in this case: "Watchmen" has turned Haley into a GOD in the eyes of the buzz-controlling Film Geek audience that would otherwise have been bound to raise an entire production-runup's worth of negative noise at the idea of anyone other than Robert Englund playing Freddy.
In any case, I'm REALLY happy for the guy. It's just, y'know, a shame that the movie is still going to suck ;)
Oh, and hey: Here's the newest OverThinker piece - Part I of a Sonic The Hedgehog overview: