Some inspired casting has developed over the weekend for the upcoming ‘Child’s Play’ reboot. Mark Hamill has jumped on board to be the voice of Chucky.
The movie follows a mother (Aubrey Plaza) who gives her son (Gabriel Bateman) a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. Brian Tyree Henry, Beatrice Kitsos, Ty Consiglio and Carlease Burke also star in the remake which switches out the supernatural element (a possessed doll) of the original for one of a malfunctioning killer robot doll.
The announcement was made at WonderCon, Hamill later took to Twitter with his own message for his legion of followers.
"People let me tell you 'bout my best friend…"🎶
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
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Lars Klevberg is at the helm of a script by Tyler Burton Smith. Aubrey Plaza plays the role of Karen Barclay, Andy’s mother. Gabriel Bateman is Andy Barclay, Karen’s 12-year-old son and a young boy who comes into the possession of a murderous doll. Brian Tyree Henry is Detective Mike Norris, a detective investigating a mysterious string of murders. Tim Matheson is Henry Kaslan, founder and CEO of Kaslan Corp., the company that manufactures the Buddi doll.
Chucky is a murderous Buddi doll who attempts to kill the Barclays. In this version, Klevberg said the doll would be an “out-of-control robot doll” rather than a possessed doll played by Charles Lee Ray in the original franchise, a version of which was previously voiced by Hamill in an episode of ‘Robot Chicken’.
The film is set for a June 21st release in the US.