Not too long ago, we found out that the upcoming Five Nights at Freddy’s movie is finally picking up steam after being in development hell for quite some time. Just yesterday, we found out that Matthew Lillard is making his return to the horror genre in an unknown role in Blumhouse’s upcoming live-action adaptation alongside The Hunger Games alum Josh Hutcherson, also no stranger to the genre. Now, it seems that we even know who they are playing as Scott Cawthon has shared their roles with YouTuber Dawko, who announced their roles as part of a Charity Stream.
What roles are they playing? Well, it looks like we’ll get introduced to one major character in the first film as Lillard has been revealed to be taking on the role of William Afton, the infamous Purple Guy and main antagonist of the franchise. Hutcherson‘s will play the role of Mike Smith who was the nightguard in the original game. It looks like they may combine elements from the original and perhaps we’ll see Lillard more in flashbacks as the main mystery of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria is uncovered throughout the film’s runtime.
While the film has been in development for some time, especially when the FNAF hype was at its peak, script issues seemingly derailed the project for quite some time. Originally, Chris Columbus was attached to direct the film but he exited the project last year due to these issues. Now, Emma Tammi is attached to take over directing duties and they are finally moving forward with the project. Jim Henson’s Creature Workshop is also attached to bring the creepy animatronics to life in the upcoming film.