Mark Hamill has played Luke Skywalker on the big screen, Amadeus on stage and voiced The Joker on TV. Now the actor can add another iconic feather in his cap as he takes over the voice of homicidal doll Chucky from Brad Dourif in MGM and Orion’s upcoming Child’s Play remake, a re-imagining of the classic 80s horror movie. Check out Hamill’s official announcement below!
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The wicked fun begins when @ChildsPlayMovie is unleashed in theaters: Friday, June 21st 2019. #SoLuckyImChucky @MGM_Studios @OrionPictures pic.twitter.com/ExOYuwj9sP
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 31, 2019
Aubrey Plaza (Ingrid Goes West) and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) are headlining the new Child’s Play, under the helm of filmmaker Lars Klevberg (Polaroid). Tyler Burton Smith wrote the screenplay based on the 1988 film. In the reboot, Plaza stars as a mother who gives her son Andy, portrayed by Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out), a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. The new version of the killer doll won’t be a doll possessed by a serial killer but will be a defective Buddy doll whose programming code was hacked so that he has no limitations to learning and also violence.
Additional cast includes Beatrice Kitsos (The Exorcist) and Ty Consiglio (Wonder) who will be playing the roles of Falyn and Pugg respectively, two friends of Andy Barclay in the new film which is currently shooting in Vancouver. Carlease Burke (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) will also star in the film. Mark Hamill (Star Wars) will take over from Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) as the voice of Chucky.
David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith will produce under their KatzSmith Productions banner. The duo produced last year’s smash hit remake of It, the highest grossing horror film of all time bringing in $700 million at the global box office. Aaron Schmidt and Chris Ferguson will executive produce.
This will be a complete diversion from the original Child’s Play movie series created by Don Mancini, which featured Brad Dourif playing a serial killer who used voodoo to place his spirit in a ‘Good Guy Doll,’ which would become the Chucky we all know and love. Though Mancini and producer David Kirschner are currently working on making more Child’s Play movies, as well as a TV series, with Dourif still voicing Chucky, this new take on Child’s Play by MGM will essentially be a competing property, and Mancini and company will not be involved at all.
Child’s Play will debut in theaters on June 21.
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