ROB ZOMBIE Taps 'X-Men' Star For 'Halloween'

Launch Radio Networks reports: Rob Zombie made several casting announcements for his remake of the 1978 horror classic "Halloween" at his MySpace page over the weekend. Zombie revealed that veteran actor Malcolm McDowell, best known as the star of "A Clockwork Orange", will play the role of Dr. Loomis, the psychiatrist tracking serial killer Michael Myers. As for Myers himself, the masked murderer will be portrayed as an adult by Tyler Mane, who appeared as Sabretooth in the first "X-Men" movie and Rufus in Zombie's 2005 horror feature, "The Devil's Rejects". Meanwhile, actress Danielle Harris, who played Myers' niece in "Halloween 4" and "5", is rumored to be playing Laurie Strode, the babysitter portrayed by Jamie Lee Curtis in the original.

Zombie told Launch earlier this year that keeping crucial characters and elements from the original "Halloween" important to him. "There's certain things that I feel that are what makes updates or remakes or whatever cool, and it's just seeing the familiar things, but in a way that you've never seen them before," he said. "By taking the key elements, which I think are, you know, Michael, Laurie, you know, Loomis, key score elements, you take a few key elements and you just sort of re-present them in a fresh way, and I think that's what makes it exciting."

Zombie said at his MySpace page about the casting of McDowell, "As many of you know, 'A Clockwork Orange' is my favorite film and I am a huge, huge fan of Malcolm. I know Malcolm will kick ass as Dr. Loomis. He is thrilled to be part of 'Halloween' and is ready to make a new classic."

As for Mane, Zombie wrote, "Tyler is mean, lean and ready to bring you the most psychotic Michael Myers yet."

Dr. Loomis was played by late British actor Donald Pleasance in the original "Halloween" and several of its sequels.

"Halloween", due out August 31, 2007, will be Zombie's third feature as a director, following "The Devil's Rejects" and 2003's "House of 1000 Corpses".

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