It's been twelve years since soap opera fans saw Michael O'Leary give medical advice as Guiding Light doctor Rick Bauer, but the actor is about to slip on a white coat once more. Only this time, he'll be dealing with much scarier scenarios than a slew of paternity lies and a sister in love with a mobster; he'll be facing the infamous Halloween slasher Michael Myers!
O'Leary took to Twitter to announce that he has officially joined Halloween Ends, the next and final installment of director David Gordon Green's reboot trilogy of the John Carpenter film franchise.
"I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be playing the role of 'Doctor Mathis' in John Carpenters iconic thriller starring Jaime Lee Curtis!" the actor shared of the film, which is currently slated for an October 14, 2022, release.
'HALLOWEEN ENDS'! I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be playing the role of 'Doctor Mathis' in John Carpenters iconic thriller staring Jaime Lee Curtis! #Hollyweenkills #hollyweenends #organizedcrime #michaeloleary pic.twitter.com/ccbz6mJq23- Michael O'Leary (@Michael_OLeary) January 17, 2022
The Halloween film franchise centers around a sanitarium escapee named Michael Myers, who's gone on numerous killing sprees over the years. The series of slashers began with the now classic 1978 film that starred Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, a teenage babysitter that Michael stalked and tried to kill. Halloween Ends, which sees Curtis back in the role that made her famous, is the thirteenth film in the series and will see the long saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode come to a spine-chilling climax.
Laurie's final battle with Michal is going to "blow people's minds open," teases Curtis in an interview with NME. "It's going to make people very angry and it's going to be shocking because it asks a lot of questions. So, that's all I can tell you!"
Halloween Ends also stars Kyle Richards, Nick Castle, Andi Matichak, and James Jude Courtney.
Michael O'Leary played the role of Guiding Light's iconic character Dr. Rick Bauer from 1983 until the soap's cancellation in 2009. His more recent credits include Law & Order: Organized Crime, FBI, Steamboat, The Bay, and New Amsterdam.
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