Even an icon like Jamie Lee Curtis’ Halloween persona Laurie Strode can’t carry the hero banner forever.
In a major change in direction, Halloween Kills director and co-writer David Gordon Green this week said Laurie will not be the lead character in next year’s horror installment, but will turn over the reins to her on-screen granddaughter, as reported by movieweb.com.
But never fear, Laurie will still leave her mark on yet another Halloween film. “She’s a voice of both insight and reason that is trying to give a volatile community some sense of purpose in this film,” Green said, adding that Jamie Lee’s character will be the “emotional core” of Halloween Kills.
But now, the driving force behind the struggle against Michael Myers will be Laurie’s granddaughter Allyson, played by Andi Matichak.
Green said that when fans first met Allyson, she was “a very relatable, lovely girl-next-door type of character. (But) just hours later, she is, in some ways, leading the charge and is one of the more bloodthirsty of the group.” On the other hand, Laurie’s daughter Karen (played by Judy Greer), “who has dealt psychologically with her mother more intimately, is trying to resist the temptations,” Green added.
The not-so-subtle shift from Laurie as a single protagonist to Allyson and the entire town of Haddonfield rising up against evil may have been teased by the movie’s original working title, Mob Rules. “This movie,” Green said, “is about the outrage of Haddonfield. Mob Rules was our working title. It’s about a community that is united by outrage and divided in how to deal with evil.”
The filmmaker added that the events in Halloween Kills “bring together a lot of characters who were in the 1978 film who we didn’t see last time. They gather to try–once and for all–to take down Michael, to stop this madman.”
Halloween Kills–written by Green, Danny McBride, Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier–is slated to hit theaters Oct. 15, 2021. The last (?) film in the franchise–Halloween Ends–is scheduled for an Oct. 14, 2022 premiere.
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