Child stars never have an easy time segueing into adult roles that is, if they make the transition at all. So it was no surprise that the career of diminutive and adorable Haley, one of the biggest juvenile actors of the '70s, stalled post-puberty. After tackling a number of TV guest spots as a child, the 15-year-old Haley made his name as a talented but tough baseball player in the original Bad News Bears and its subsequent sequels. With his feathered hair, freckled face and wiseass attitude (he cursed, smoked and rode a motor-scooter), be became the crush of bad-boy loving tweens everywhere. In 1979 he gave a winning performance as one of four blue-collar bike-riding buddies in Breaking Away, and reprised the role in the film's short-lived TV spin-off. But when he hit his twenties, he hit a wall. Except for his turn in Losin' It opposite future megastar Tom Cruise, he appeared mostly in low-rent projects and in 1993, after completing the grade-Z flick Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (in a supporting role, no less), he quit showbiz and made ends meet by delivering pizzas, driving limos and working security. Eventually, however, Haley would become a successful commercial director and even launch his own production company. But acting was still in his blood, and in 2006 he made an incredible comeback in a pair of movies. Although the highly anticipated remake of All the King's Men went bust, making Haley's strong work as a laconic bodyguard for naught, his riveting turn as a pedophile in the lauded indie Little Children revitalized his acting career, earning him rave reviews and a number of accolades, including Oscar and SAG nominations and a New York Film Critics Circle Award.
New Line Cinema is planning to bring Freddy Krueger back from the dead for a second time. Yes, that's right. Instead of giving the 2010 remake a sequel, the plan is to completely wipe the slate clean and start over with a brand new reboot. Just five years after Jackie Earle Haley took over the iconic role from Robert Englund, the studio will soon be searching for someone new to wear the infamous glove with the knife fingers.
This new A Nightmare on Elm Street may not be produced by Platinum Dunes. They were behind the 2010 remake that fared okay at the box office, but didn't register at all with fans. It came and went without too many complaints. It wasn't an outright bomb, as it pulled in $63 million in the states off a $35 million budget. It went onto earn $115.6 million worldwide. But there weren't many fans of the movie, and according to The Tracking Board, New Line is ready to try and ignite a fresh franchise once again.Read More
With production starting in Toronto next month on Warner Bros.' DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, it seems there are still more characters left to be cast. Latino Review's El Mayimbe reveals that Jackie Earle Haley is being considered to play The Thinker. Of course, this has yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros. and DC Comics at this time, and this is the first time we've heard this character even mentioned as being a part of the adaptation.
What remains unclear is which version of The Thinker will be used in Suicide Squad, if this rumor turns out to be true. It seems likely that the original character, Clifford De Voe, will be the one shown in the movie. Clifford De Voe was a failed lawyer who developed a thinking cap that could project mental force, which allowed him to become "the brains" behind the operations of several different villains. De Voe was originally a recurring villain in The Flash comics, before he was eventually recruited to join the Suicide Squad.Read More
Jackie Earle Haley has finalized a deal to join the cast of Focus Features and Millennium Films' London Has Fallen, a follow-up to last year's action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen.
Olympus Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler (Secret Service Agent Mike Banning), Aaron Eckhart (President Benjamin Asher), Morgan Freeman (Speaker Of the House Trumbull), Radha Mitchell (Leah), Angela Bassett (Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs) and Melissa Leo (Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan) are all reprising their roles for the sequel, with Jackie Earle Haley becoming the first new casting addition. He will portray Deputy Chief Mason, although no further character details were given.Read More
Exclusive Media Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East announced today that principal photography has commenced on the feature film Parkland. Based on the book Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, by Vincent Bugliosi, the adapted screenplay is written by award-winning journalist and novelist Peter Landesman, who is making his directorial debut. The dramatic thriller is produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, as well as Exclusive Media, and The American Film Company, which will also co-finance with Exclusive. Bill Paxton is also a producer.
Founded by entrepreneur Joe Ricketts, The American Film Company is dedicated to making films about true stories from American history. The company's last feature, The Conspirator, starred James McAvoy and Robin Wright and was directed by Robert Redford. Ricketts and American Film Company president Brian D. Falk are Executive Producers on Parkland.Read More