Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis is to reprise her iconic role as hero Laurie Strode in next year's reboot of the terror classic. 

Curtis shared the news that she had joined the cast of director David Gordon Green's film on social media, writing: "Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween."

After making her screen debut as Laurie Strode in Halloween in 1978, Curtis went on to appear in its 1981 sequel and also had roles in 1983's Halloween III: Season of the Witch (voice only, uncredited), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) and Halloween: Resurrection (2002). 

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Green, whose credits include All the Real Girls, The Pineapple Express and Joe, has written the script for the new Halloween with longtime collaborator Danny McBride. The duo currently work together on the acclaimed comedy series Vice-Principals, with McBride as star and creator and Green serving as executive producer. 

McBride and Green's Halloween received a big boost in February when it was announced that John Carpenter, the director and co-writer of the original box office hit, would return to executive produce the new movie alongside Green and McBride.

Danny McBride and David Gordon Green

"I think you're gonna dig it," said Carpenter. "They blew me away. I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool."

The new Halloween will be in cinemas in October 2018.