Child’s Play has been one of the oddest horror franchises in the business for thirty years. The series has somehow spawned six sequels without actually ever being “good.” Hell, halfway through the creators gave up trying to craft actual scares and just doubled down on the fact that the idea of the killer doll Chucky is pretty funny. Of course, with the news of a remake coming out this June, and the producers’ hopes of completely revitalizing the franchise, this unfortunately means that iconic voice actor Brad Dourif will have to step down as the sardonic doll. And while it perhaps would have made for a better film if the filmmakers actually doubled down on the notion that the doll can’t talk and remained a mysterious, haunting presence throughout, I do believe that the upcoming remake has made the next best choice.
Last Saturday, it was announced that Mark Hamill would be taking over the role of Chucky in the upcoming film. Hamill is best known for his work as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars series, but he actually has found a career renaissance as a villainous voice actor across several genres. These include Ted Hope in Brigsby Bear, Hobgoblin in Spider-Man, Undergrowth in Danny Phantom, Evil Guy/Uncle Gumbald in Adventure Time, and Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender. However, he is perhaps best known for his work as The Joker over the past twenty years of Batman lore, from the animated series to the video games. His performance as the character was so iconic, they allowed him to reprise it in the film adaptation of The Killing Joke, and he is many fans’ first image when they think of the character. Hamill will be an excellent Chucky, and his involvement hypes me up for the remake even more. Add that to a cast of Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, and Brian Tyree Henry in the original lead roles, and you’re looking at what may be a highly worthwhile sequel/remake. Child’s Play will be in theaters June 21st. Until then, you can watch the first trailer (which is, honestly, quite good) below.