Orion and director Lars Klevberg's Child's Play Remake of Tom Holland and Don Mancini's original killer doll thriller will be creeping and crawling into a theater near you later this month. We already all know well and good by this point in time that Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill is providing the voice of this new Chucky, and today we have word Hamill has finally spoken about the role.
Turns out Mark Hamill was recently at a press conference for the remake and finally broke the ice, talking a bit about how he was nervous about following in the original voice of Chucky, Brad Dourif's footsteps, saying this.
"When I agreed to it, and it sunk in that they wanted me to do this, I felt intimidation like I hadn't felt since I did the Joker. I thought, when I auditioned for the Joker, there's no way they're going to cast this icon of virtue, Luke Skywalker, as the Joker. Forget about it. So I had no performance anxiety because I knew they couldn't hire me. It's only when they hired me that I really thought, 'Oh no, I can't do this because so many people have expectations of what he's supposed to sound like.' I didn't feel that kind of intimidation until it sunk in that I was doing this. I love Brad. It's a great responsibility, so I'm anxious to see how people react because it's not the Chucky that we all know from before."
The actor then spoke about how the role came to him, saying this.
"I got a letter from [the director Lars Klevberg]. He already laid out his vision for the film, before I read it. And then they sent me this script and I thought the crucial element that was different from the original, which I love -- I'm a huge fan of Brad's interpretation -- Chucky has a different origin. So it's not the soul of a serial killer, but someone deliberately goes in and alters his operating system and takes off the safety measures."
Hamill goes on to speak about how - even though Chucky is notoriously known as an amoral psychopath in the original film series - this Chucky is really just AI adapting his behavior from the world he sees around him. Specifically, Hamill says this.
"He was really like an innocent child, really, just learning from what goes around him. But I thought that was crucial."
And finally, he then talked about injecting a solid dose of humor into all the mayhem and carnage, saying this.
"We always try and be guided by the script. It was a real sort of open collaboration because I would try maybe five (takes) in a row, and do slightly different nuances. The interesting thing is to see them assemble it and what choices they made...it's really like giving them jigsaw puzzle pieces that they can assemble later to their liking."
The Child's Play remake is directed by Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) from a screenplay written by Tyler Burton Smith based on the original film penned by Don Mancini. David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith produced this new adventure which stars Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, and of course, Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky. Bear McCreary provides the flick with its killer score, while Brendan Uegrama handled the movie's cinematography, and Tom Elkins was the film's editor. Orion Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, BRON Creative, and KatzSmith Productions are the companies behind this remake which United Artists Releasing will unleash in a theater near you on June 21, 2019. This story comes to via Den of Geek.