The newest trailer for the upcoming reboot of Child’s Play is now online, giving us our first glimpse of the killer doll in action, as well as the voice of Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as the horror icon. Rather than being possessed by an evil spirit in this rendition, Chucky will be a secret military prototype, with the ability to control other smart connected appliances through the network he’s attached to.
While that premise sounds ridiculous, it also sounds like a perfect modern day re-telling, in my opinion. Child’s Play stars Mark Hamill, Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Beatrice Kitsos, Ty Consiglio, and Brian Tyree Henry. Slashing its way into theaters on June 21st.
After voicing the Joker for a generation of fans, Mark Hamill is officially voicing another iconic villain. Orion Pictures announced this past weekend during their WonderCon panel that Hamill was play the voice of Chucky in the upcoming reboot, Child’s Play.
“Hello WonderCon, it’s Mark Hamill here and if you’re wondering who’s going to voice Chucky in the new Child’s Play, you’re looking at him,” said Hamill. “I can’t wait to bring such an iconic character to life and present him in a way you’ve never seen him before. Child’s Play this summer. We’re going to have some fun. And remember, he’s more than just a toy, he’s your best friend.”
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The first trailer for the upcoming reboot of Child’s Play is now online, revealing a contemporary re-imagining of the classic horror film. While in the film, the new “Smart Toy” is referred to as Buddi, he’ll clearly take on the name Chucky as it’s spoken out loud in the trailer. Despite a little naming confusion, this looks like quite the interesting modern day twist on Chucky.
Child’s Play stars Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman, Beatrice Kitsos, Ty Consiglio, and Carlease Burke. It hits theaters on June 21st.
It looks like the upcoming reboot of the classic horror franchise isn’t going to be the only place to get your Child’s Play kick. According to Deadline, SYFY has picked up the rights to develop a television series starring horror’s favorite kid’s toy. On top of that, franchise creator Don Mancini is overseeing the creation of the series.
“I’ve long wanted to bring Chucky to television and Syfy is the perfect network for us,” said Mancini. “The show will be a fresh take on the franchise, allowing us to explore Chucky’s character with a depth that is uniquely afforded by the television series format, while staying true to the original vision that has terrorized audiences for over three decades now.”
Filming has begun on the new Child’s Play reboot in Vancouver, and alongside that, we now have our first look at this iteration of Chucky. The doll’s origins will differ this time, with director Lars Klevberg looking to create his own version of the classic horror story, though he’s remaining tight-lipped on what those differences may be.
Additionally, we now know that Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out) will star as Andy, whose mother Karen (Aubrey Plaza) gives him the doll for his birthday. Atlanta actor Brian Tyree Henry will play Mike, the detective that gets involved after Chucky begins his killing spree. Hit the jump for a look at the full image above.