Mark Hamill has been cast to voice Chucky in the upcoming Child’s Play reboot.
The Star Wars actor announced the news on Twitter yesterday (March 30), saying that he “can’t wait to bring such an iconic character to life”.
"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
The Lars Klevberg-directed film, which is a remake of the 1988 horror classic, is released in the US on June 21, 2019.
Joining Hamill in the film is Aubrey Plaza (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, If Beale Street Could Talk).
“Every child in America deserves a best friend, so we built one.” – Henry Kaslan. Introducing Buddi! He’s more than just a toy, he’s your best friend. Meet him on June 21, 2019. #ChildsPlayMovie pic.twitter.com/nwU6JdY1KF
— Child's Play Movie (@ChildsPlayMovie) November 12, 2018
The movie will copy the original plot, with Plaza playing single mother who gives her son a toy doll, unaware that it possesses the soul of a serial killer.
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Producer David Katzenberg said in a statement: “We feel incredibly lucky to have an icon creating a new take on an iconic character.
“Mark is a gifted actor and celebrated vocal performer, and he’s approached this challenge with incredible energy and commitment.”
Elsewhere, Don Mancini is working on a new Chucky series for SyFy that will continue the original story and bring star Brad Dourif back in plastic. The series will follow 2017’s Cult of Chucky.