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Billy Bob Thornton To Play Freddy Krueger In New Elm Street

Billy Bob Thornton has signed up to play Freddy Krueger, everyone’s favorite undead teen-killer, in a remake of Nightmare On Elm Street. The new film will be produced by Transformers director Michael Bay, who also helped relaunch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday The 13th (out in February). Will this high profile horror role re-energize Thornton’s career (unlike, say, Mr. Woodcock) or keep him locked out of classier projects? Either way, it’s ironic that Billy Bob would take on Freddy’s garish make-up after putting so much effort into smoothing out his face. [Hollywood]