Paul Rudd has passed on a blessing to his replacement, “The Breakfast Club” and “The Dead Zone” TV series actor Anthony Michael Hall, in the role of Tommy Doyle in the upcoming “Halloween Kills”.
Doyle was one of the kids being babysat by Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) on that fateful night in 1978 when Michael Myers attacked in the original John Carpenter 1978 film classic “Halloween”.
Brian Andrews played him in the original, but the character is best remembered for being played by a young Paul Rudd in the sixth film “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers”.
Logically when it was announced that director David Gordon Green was following up 2018’s “Halloween” revival with the upcoming “Halloween Kills,” and that an adult Tommy Doyle would appear, fans were keen at the prospect of Rudd returning for the role.
Trouble is Rudd is in high demand these days and was busy shooting “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”. Instead, Hall stepped into the role and he tells Cinema Blend about Rudd’s message to him:
“So one day, [director] David Gordon Green texts me when I’m off – I wasn’t shooting that day – and he goes, ‘Yeah, I got a call from Paul Rudd, and he sends his best and he gave you his blessings – he’s really excited that you’re playing the part.’ I never met Paul Rudd but I thought that was really nice.”
How Doyle fits into the story isn’t clear as yet. “Halloween Kills” will be released on Friday, October 16th and will be followed a year later by “Halloween Ends” on Friday, October 15th 2021.