- Jason Blum teases a major hidden character in the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie, keeping fans intrigued about its identity.
- Easter eggs and ties to the video games will be featured in the adaptation, with potential clues hidden in the marketing.
- The secret character could be either a human or an animatronic, leading to speculation about the role of William Afton and a possible mid-movie reveal.
With a whole host of Easter eggs already teased, Jason Blum is teasing a major hidden character for the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie. Based on Scott Cawthon’s horror video game franchise of the same name, the movie centers on a troubled young man who takes a job as a night security guard at the dilapidated family entertainment restaurant Freddy Fazzbear’s Pizza, only to discover a dark secret behind the animatronics. Josh Hutcherson leads the ensemble Five Nights at Freddy’s cast alongside Elizabeth Lail, Kat Conner Sterling, Piper Rubio, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Matthew Lillard.
During the special Blumfest panel at 2023’s New York Comic Con, of which Screen Rant was in attendance of, Blum and co-writer/director Emma Tammi offered some insight for the highly anticipated Five Nights at Freddy’s movie. While discussing the various Easter eggs and ties to the video games, the Blumhouse CEO teased that there is a major mystery character set to appear in the adaptation that has yet to even be hinted at in the marketing. Blum further refused to address whether said character is a human or an animatronic.
Who Five Nights at Freddy’s Secret Character Could Be
In the lead up to the movie’s release, Blum and Tammi have frequently teased the wide range of Easter eggs set to be featured from the games, with the former specifically inviting viewers to keep an eye on the security monitor’s in Mike’s office. Dedicated players of Cawthon’s games have already taken to pouring over the various marketing for the adaptation for potential clues at how the movie is adapting its source material, of which Tammi exclusively teased to Screen Rant would include nods to more than just the viral 2014 hit.
If looking at Blum’s previous tease of keeping an eye on the monitors is a hint regarding Five Nights at Freddy‘s secret character, it does seem likely that this would be an animatronic from one of Cawthon’s sequels. To this point, the movie has already been confirmed to include the eponymous bear alongside Bonnie the Rabbit, Foxy the Pirate Fox, Chica, Cupcake and Springtrap. Subsequent games have introduced a wide variety of evil animatronics, including Foxy’s counterpart Mangle in the immediate sequel, The Puppet, Balloon Boy and Circus Baby, among others.
Should the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie’s secret character prove to be human, the most likely candidate would be that of William Afton, the original owner of the eponymous restaurant and serial killer who murdered the children whose souls possess the various animatronics. Early reports of the movie’s development indicated that this role would be played by Lillard, only for subsequent reports to state he is actually Mike’s career counselor, Steve Raglan. However, with Tammi also exclusively telling Screen Rant that the Scream star was playing “an iconic role” in his first return to horror, it seems very likely this could be a mid-movie reveal leading to Springtrap’s arrival when his soul inhabits the animatronic.