The Illuminerdi has brand new details on Leatherface and the upcoming story for the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

In an alternate timeline, yesterday was intended to be the first day of shooting on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot. However that was before every production was thrown into a holding pattern due to the global pandemic. Since we couldn’t celebrate the beginning of the shoot, I thought we might party a different way: by taking a closer look at the character and story behind the developing reboot.


One of the new, modern masters of horror, Fede Alvarez, is producing the reboot alongside Pat Cassidy, Rodo Sayagues, Ian and Kim Henkel. Meanwhile, Ryan and Andy Tohill are directing and Chris Thomas Devlin was gifted with the screenwriting responsibilities. They will be remaking the series that began with Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and has since spawned numerous sequels and reboots.

The New Leatherface of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Reboot

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974

According to the latest casting call, the production is hoping to find a new face to reside behind the mask of Leatherface. Interestingly, the character is listed as Leatherface aka Kenny. There have been a few different interpretations of the killer in the past, and he has been renamed several times in various origin stories. In this telling, he is 60 years old and characterized as having a big build. He is not a bodybuilder, and may even be slightly obese. He also wears church clothes that are too tightly fitted.

Leatherface is additionally described as complex, though he is also listed as a non-speaking role. He primarily expresses himself with guttural noises that range from a howling belly laugh to a pig-like squeal. His time is spent inside watching TV, which is something that triggers his laughter. It’s also revealed that he shields his face in an effort avoid his picture being taken. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to dig up any info on the origin of his new human skin mask – but whatever Devlin, Alvarez, and the directors come up with will surely be horrifying.

The one person who can calm Kenny’s tantrums is Mrs. Mc. She is 70-80 years old and seems to actually be a warm, honest lady who has fostered abandoned children for decades. They are casting all ethnicities for Mrs. Mc, who despite having a positive outlook, is on the verge of being evicted from her rural Texas home.

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