In the upcoming Child's Play remake, the Buddi doll Chucky is "more than just a toy, he's your best friend," and at WonderCon in Anaheim, it was announced that Mark Hamill will voice Chucky in the new movie.
The news of Hamill voicing Chucky was revealed at WonderCon in a new video featuring Mark Hamill, which has now been releaed online (see below) on the remake's official Twitter account.
In addition to playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, Hamill has an extensive career in voice acting, with one of his most memorable roles being The Joker in multiple Batman projects, including Batman: The Animated Series.
In all previous films in the Child's Play franchise, Chucky was voiced by Brad Dourif, who also played Charles Lee Ray, a serial killer who possesses a "Good Guys" doll in his dying moments and goes on a killing rampage through seven movies.
The new Child's Play is a reimagining of the 1988 film of the same name directed by Tom Holland from a screenplay he co-wrote along with Don Mancini and John Lafia. According to Mancini, Dourif will reprise his role as the voice of Chucky in the Child's Play TV series that is currently in the works at SYFY.
In the upcoming remake, instead of a Good Guys doll, Chucky will be a Buddi doll with artificial intelligence capabilities, giving the character a tech-centric side in his reign of terror.
Starring Aubrey Plaza (Ingrid Goes West, Parks and Recreation) as Karen, Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, Hotel Artemis) as Mike, and Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out, Annabelle) as Andy, the Child's Play remake was directed by Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) from a screenplay by Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury). Orion Pictures will release the film in theaters on June 21st.
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the Child's Play remake, read the previous press release for more info, and check out Mark Hamill's announcement video below:
Previous Press Release: September 20, 2018 – Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) will produce a contemporary version of the iconic horror classic Child’s Play for Orion Pictures; it was announced today by Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group and John Hegeman, President, Orion Pictures. Starring Aubrey Plaza (Ingrid Goes West, Legion, Parks and Recreation) as Karen, Emmy and Tony nominee Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, Widows, If Beale Street Could Talk) as Mike and Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out, American Gothic) as Andy, principal photography commenced in Vancouver. Rising filmmaker Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) will direct from Tyler Burton Smith’s (Kung Fury, Quantum Break video game) screenplay based on the original motion picture.
Child’s Play follows a mother (Plaza) who gives her son (Bateman) a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.
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.
Collaborating with Klevberg is a creative team led by Director of Photography Brendan Uegama (CW’s Riverdale, Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), production designer Dan Hermansen (Star Trek: Beyond, Godzilla), editor Tom Elkins (Annabelle, Inferno), costume designer Jori Woodman (The Boy, Final Destination 5), and special effects supervisor Dan Keeler (Fox’s The X Files, Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle).
Child’s Play, the 1988 film, went on to gross $44 million worldwide on a $9 million budget and spawned one of the most recognizable and successful horror characters of all time with its psychotic killer doll, Chucky.
Bateman is represented by Coast to Coast Talent Group and HG5 Entertainment; Plaza is represented by CAA and MGMT Entertainment; Henry is represented by CAA, JWS Entertainment.
It’s official, your friend till the end, CHUCKY, will be voiced by the LEGENDARY @hamillhimself! Watch this special announcement from the man himself, and see Child’s Play in theaters on June 21. 🔪 #ChildsPlayMovie #WonderCon pic.twitter.com/0s5Wa20ZlP
— Child's Play Movie (@ChildsPlayMovie) March 31, 2019