An image from Saw X confirms that Billy the Puppet will be returning alongside John Kramer / Jigsaw in the new sequel
Yesterday, Lionsgate unveiled a poster for the new Saw movie – which happens to be the tenth installment in the franchise, so it’s following in the footsteps of Jason X and Fast X to go by the title Saw X. Now they have released an image from the film that confirms Billy the puppet is going to be featured in the film! They initially wanted fans to “play a game” to be able to access the image, but if you just want to see it, you can find it at the bottom of this article.
Saw X is set to reach theatres on September 29th.
Earlier today, the official Saw social media account sent out a tweet saying, “Do you want to play a game? 310-564-8144”. Fans who called that number would get to hear a message from John Kramer / Jigsaw, telling them to send a text to the number saying, “I Want to Play a Game”. They’d get a reply with a link to the image of Billy the puppet. For me, that’s too many steps just to be rewarded with a picture of a puppet, so I’m glad they’ve sent a follow-up tweet that just shows Billy so we don’t have to jump through the hoops.
Saw VI and Saw: The Final Chapter director Kevin Greutert (who also edited the first five films, plus Jigsaw) is back at the helm for Saw X. Jigsaw and Spiral: From the Book of Saw screenwriters Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg have written the script. Stolberg has promised that this movie “is gonna make John Kramer fans very happy!” It has been said that “The upcoming Saw movie is planned to be very much a John Kramer story … The idea is that the story is being told from Kramer’s point of view as opposed to following the trap victims.”
Here’s the synopsis: In the Twisted Pictures next installment John Kramer (Tobin Bell) is back, and it’s the untold chapter of Jigsaw’s final games. Set between the events of Saw I and II, a sick and desperate John travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer – only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. The infamous serial killer returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through devious, deranged, and ingenious traps.
Tobin Bell reprises the role of John Kramer / Jigsaw and is joined in the cast by Synnøve Macody Lund (Ragnarok), Steven Brand (The Sandman), Michael Beach (Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story), Renata Vaca (Pedal to Medal), Paulette Hernandez (Crown of Tears), Joshua Okamoto (Control-Z), and Octavio Hinojosa (How to Survive Being Single). It has been said that Shawnee Smith might be reprising the role of Amanda Young (previously seen in Saw, Saw II, Saw III, and Saw VI) in Saw X, but her involvement still hasn’t been confirmed.
Franchise producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules of Twisted Pictures provided the following statement: “What a thrill to be reuniting with Tobin. His performance as John Kramer is part of the magic that made this franchise a phenomenon and his character is an active part of this film.” They have previously said, “We have been listening to what the fans have been asking for and are hard at work planning a movie that Saw aficionados and horror fans alike will love.”
A press release from Lionsgate says “the return of Bell to the franchise furthers Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ goal of a film that captures everything Saw fans love about the franchise, while also keeping them guessing with all-new traps and a new mystery to solve.”
Deadline reminds us that Bell’s Kramer (otherwise known as Jigsaw) is “the antagonist at the heart of the Saw franchise – a former civil engineer who was diagnosed with colon cancer and subsequently elected to test others’ will to live via a series of deadly games. The character appeared in the first three Saw films before being killed off, then going on to appear via flashbacks in most of the films that followed.”
Saw X started filming in Mexico City well before the end of last year and finally wrapped production this past February.
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