Five nights at Freddy’s Actor Matthew Lillard talks about how FNAF Fans embraced his character and knew that a possible sequel would be a larger, deeper adaptation of the game’s backstory.
Lillard admitted he didn’t realize how big that was Five nights at Freddy’s The franchise lasted until his children found out he had done a cast in the film. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said his son was the first to acknowledge the importance of his role. “I came home and was talking to my wife about it, and my middle child was sitting there and they heard me say Five Nights of Freddy and said, ‘Wait, who are you playing?’ I said, ‘William Afton and some rabbits.’ And they said, ‘Dad. This is going to be huge!’” he explained.
Lillard is known to fans of the Scream franchise as one of the Ghostface killers in the original 1996 film. That film has since spawned sequels and even fueled fan theories that he would reprise his role Scream 6. Likewise, the actor declares the success Five nights at Freddy’s confirms the potential for a sequel that advances his character William Afton’s villainous story. Now that the SAG-AFTRA strike is over, the actor has spoken openly about the film and said this FNAF Fans have reason to hope for a continuation of the story. “I’m excited if they greenlight the second film, the plan we’ve laid out to make it even bigger and more successful,” he teased.
A faithful FNAF film adaptation
The Five nights at Freddy’s The franchise has expanded beyond the games, and its deep lore has since inspired a cult following. In the FNAF In the film, Lillard’s character is revealed to be William Afton, the big villain of the video game series. The actor praised the film’s production managers including: FNAF Creator Scott Cawthon for faithfully adapting the games’ mature themes. “I will give all credit to Scott and him [director] Emma [Tammi]… It’s a credit to both of them that they stuck to what was needed for this community… I think they did a good job of setting a goal and successfully executing what they wanted to do have.”
Five nights at Freddy’s In its opening weekend, the film grossed $130 million at the worldwide box office, breaking records for other horror films. It has the highest opening gross of any horror film in 2023 and another record for the highest opening gross of all time for horror films rated PG-13. Five nights at Freddy’s is currently in third place among the best horror openings, beaten only by It And It: Chapter Two.
Five nights at Freddy’s is currently in theaters and streaming on Peacock.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter