Earlier this year, we heard rumblings that Tommy Doyle may be returning to the Halloween franchise in next year’s Halloween Kills – and now we have confirmation that Tommy will indeed be heading back to Haddonfield once again.
Courtesy of Variety, Tommy will be played by longtime genre favourite Anthony Michael Hall. AMH is likely best known for offerings such as The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and Edward Scissorhands, of course.
As for Tommy, he’s one of the poor youngsters tormented by The Shape back in John Carpenter’s 1978 Halloween. Tommy was being babysat by Laurie Strode on the night he came home.
Brian Andrews played Tommy in that first movie, Danny Ray had a cameo as a teen Tommy in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, and an adult version of Tommy would turned up as a key character in Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers. In Curse, it was a fresh-faced Paul Rudd who played Tommy.
There had been talk that Rudd wanted to reprise the Tommy role in Halloween Kills, but that his schedule was already booked in with Jason Reitman’s new Ghostbusters film.
It’s worth noting that Halloween 6 is now totally non-canon, however, with last year’s Halloween completely ignoring any and every movie bar Carpenter’s ’78 picture.
To be directed once again by David Gordon Green, and from a script put together by Green, Danny McBride and Scott Teems, Halloween Kills is booked in for an October 2020 release. Following that, Halloween Ends is already set for October 2021 – with that movie supposedly set to bring the franchise to an end once and for all.