While at the Mad Monster Party horror convention in Charlotte, North Carolina this past weekend, we had the pleasure of meeting the legendary Gunnar Hansen, who created the iconic Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and we learned that Hansen could be returning to the franchise and reprising his role from 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D as “Boss Sawyer” in the upcoming Leatherface prequel!
He said he has been contacted by one of the producers of the new film about reprising the role and playing a 15-years-younger version of Boss Sawyer. He also stated that he would like to return to this role in the upcoming film, but has not heard anything since that initial conversation.Hansen told us that the upcoming prequel will take place 15 years prior to his flashback appearance in the beginning of Texas Chainsaw 3D (and the events of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre), which means Boss Sawyer and the rest of the Sawyer clan who were slaughtered in the opening of the seventh film in the franchise (including Bill Moseley and other Chainsaw alumni) would still be alive and kicking.
“And now I hear that they’re casting, and I haven’t heard anything else, so we’ll see,” Hansen said.
[UPDATE 4/2/15: Bloody-Disgusting has now added an update to our story that their sources inside the production say that Hansen will (unfortunately) not be coming back in the new film.]
Currently in pre-production, Leatherface will be a prequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, centering on three troubled young boys, one of whom will eventually grow up to be the infamous slasher. The confirmed cast so far includes Angela Bettis as Mother Sawyer, Stephen Dorff as a deranged lawman out for revenge, and newcomers Sam Strike and James Bloor as two of the three boys.
Would you like to see Gunnar Hansen return to the world of Texas Chainsaw as Boss Sawyer in the upcoming Leatherface prequel? Sound off in the comments below!