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"A Nightmare on Elm Street" JACKIE EARLE HALEY as Freddy KruegerJACKIE EARLE HALEY as Freddy Krueger in New Line Cinema's horror film, "A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Courtesy of New Line Cinema

JACKIE EARLE HALEY (Freddy Krueger) has the rare distinction of being a successful child actor who, after virtually disappearing from Hollywood for 15 years, made an almost unprecedented comeback in back-to-back feature films: Steven Zaillian's "All the King's Men" and Todd Field's controversial drama "Little Children." Haley's courageous performance in the latter brought him numerous accolades, including an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was also honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination and won Best Supporting Actor awards from several critics groups, including the New York Film Critics Circle and the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Haley went on to receive acclaim for his performance as Rorschach in Zack Snyder's 2009 film "Watchmen," garnering a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Online Film Critics Society Awards. He recently co-starred in "Shutter Island," with Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley, under the direction of Martin Scorsese. Haley also appeared in the Will Ferrell basketball comedy "Semi-Pro." He recently completed writer/director Dan Pritzker's film "Bolden!" a mythical account of the first Cornet King of New Orleans.

Haley first came to fame in the mid-1970s with his scene-stealing performance as Kelly Leak, the cigarette-smoking, motorcycle-riding hellion, in Michael Ritchie's comedy hit "The Bad News Bears," reprising his role in two sequels. Haley again won praise from critics and audiences for his role as the romantic but short-tempered Moocher in Peter Yates' Oscar®-winning 1979 sleeper hit "Breaking Away." In 1983, Haley played the sex-obsessed Dave in Curtis Hanson's "Losin' It," with Tom Cruise. That same year, he made his Broadway debut, starring in John Byrne's play "Slab Boys," with Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, and Val Kilmer.

Despite his early prominence, however, Haley found it difficult to successfully transition to more adult roles and turned his focus to directing. After years of struggling to make ends meet, he began directing industrial videos, which eventually led to commercial directing.

He had been off the screen for more than a decade when, in October of 2004, Steven Zaillian tracked Haley down--on his honeymoon in France--and asked him to audition for the role of Sugar Boy in "All the King's Men." Haley sent in a tape and won the part. Following that film, he landed the role of Ronnie McGorvey in Todd Field's "Little Children," resulting in his first Oscar® nomination and what has been the resurgence of his acting career.
Today, Haley divides his time between acting and directing and is currently one of the stars of the Fox series "Human Target."

KYLE GALLNER as Quentin in New Line Cinema's horror film, "A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET,"KYLE GALLNER as Quentin in New Line Cinema's horror film, "A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Courtesy of New Line Cinema

KYLE GALLNER (Quentin) most recently appeared in "Cherry," with Esai Morales and Laura Allen, and "Jennifer's Body," with Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried. His other films include "The Haunting in Connecticut," alongside Virginia Madsen and Elias Koteas; "Redeye," with Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy; and "Wet Hot American Summer," with Janeane Garofalo, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Amy Poehler.

Gallner's many independent films include the lead in "Red," alongside Brian Cox; "Gardens Of The Night," with John Malkovich; and "Danika," with Marisa Tomei and Craig Bierko. He most recently finished work on "Beautiful Boy," with Michael Sheen and Maria Bello, and "Mother's Little Helpers," opposite Kathryn Morris, Jim Belushi and Sarah Hyland.

On television, Gallner had recurring roles on CW's "Smallville" as The Flash; "CSI: NY," playing Gary Sinise's stepson; and HBO's "Big Love." He also has guest starred on various shows, including "Law & Order: SVU," "The Closer," "Medium," "Bones," "Cold Case," "Close To Home," "Four Kings," "Judging Amy" and "The Shield." Gallner was also a series regular on the hit CW series "Veronica Mars."


ROONEY MARA (Nancy) appeared in "Dare" and "The Winning Season," both of which debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. She most recently co-starred alongside Michael Cera in "Youth in Revolt." Mara portrays the female lead "Francesca" in the 2009 Toronto Film Festival entry "Tanner Hall," directed by Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg. This fall, Mara will be seen starring in David Fincher's film about the founders of Facebook, "The Social Network," which releases October 15th.

Mara's small screen credits include memorable guest starring roles on "ER," "The Cleaner," "Women's Murder Club," and "Law & Order: SVU."

Mara is the founder of the non-profit organization Faces of Kibera, which provides critical care and assistance to poverty-stricken orphans in Kibera, Kenya.


KATIE CASSIDY (Kris) can currently be seen as the savvy, sassy scene-stealing publicist, Ella Sims, on The CW's "Melrose Place," which has won her rave reviews. Additionally, Entertainment Weekly named Cassidy one of their breakout stars of 2009. Previous television credits include the female lead in CBS' 13-week murder mystery miniseries "Harper's Island," opposite Christopher Gorham.

Cassidy recently wrapped production on director Chris Carter's closely guarded and highly anticipated feature "Fencewalker."

Her other film credits include "Taken," opposite Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace; "Black Christmas"; the hit Adam Sandler comedy "Click"; "When A Stranger Calls"; "Walk the Talk"; and "You are Here."

Next up for Cassidy is playing one of the leads in the Nicole Kidman-produced "Monte Carlo," opposite Selena Gomez. Cassidy will play Emma Perkins, a fun-loving, mischievous beauty from Texas. The story follows best friends as they embark on the European adventure of a lifetime.


THOMAS DEKKER (Jesse) recently starred in the independent drama "Waska," as well as Gregg Araki's sci-fi comedy "Kaboom." Prior to that, Dekker appeared in Nick Cassavette's "My Sister's Keeper," with Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin and Abigail Breslin. Dekker previously starred in the television series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," playing the lead role of John Connor. The first and second seasons of the series premiered to number-one ratings and season one was Fox's highest-rated scripted series debut in over seven years.

Dekker recently starred in "From Within," which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. The film was the directorial debut of acclaimed cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, and focuses on the residents of a small American town who begin to die one-by-one in apparent suicides. Dekker directed behind-the-scenes footage of the movie for release as a short film on the DVD.

The actor wore multiple hats as producer, writer, director, editor and co-star in the film "Whore," alongside Lena Headey, Megan Fox and Rumer Willis. The film centers around a group of teens living on the streets of Hollywood, trying to make it in the movie business.

On television, Dekker's credits include the hit series "Heroes" and three seasons as a lead character in the Disney series "Honey I Shrunk the Kids." He has been acting professionally in both television and film since he was five years old, including a lead role in John Carpenter's "Village of the Damned." In addition, his voice has been featured both speaking and singing in various animated films, including the "The Land Before Time" series, for which he voiced the lead character Littlefoot, and the sequels to "An American Tale," as the voice of Fievel.


KELLAN LUTZ (Dean) recently completed "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," the third installment of one of the most successful teen movie franchises in history. "Twilight," and its sequel, "New Moon," have grossed more than a billion dollars worldwide.

His upcoming projects include "Dawn of War," with Mickey Rourke; "Love, Wedding , Marriage," with Mandy Moore, James Brolin and Blythe Danner, directed by Dermot Mulroney; "Meskada," with Nick Stahl, which premieres at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival; and "Warrior," with Gabrielle Anwar and Cary Elwes.

Lutz's other film credits include "Prom Night," alongside Brittany Snow; "Stick It," with Missy Peregrym; and "Accepted"; as well as the indie films "Deep Winter," opposite Michael Madsen, and "The Tribe."

On the small screen, Lutz appeared in the critically acclaimed HBO seven-hour miniseries, "Generation Kill," executive produced and co-written by David Simon and Ed Burns; as a series regular on HBO's "The Comeback"; and in a nine episode arc of the CW's updated version of "Beverly Hills, 90210."

In addition to acting, Lutz has landed several high-profile modeling jobs, including the 2010 Calvin Klein underwear campaign.

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