Orion Pictures announced today that Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Knightfall) has been cast as the voice of Chucky in Child's Play.
The legendary actor stars alongside Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman and Brian Tyree Henry in a contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic that follows Karen (Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature.
Rising filmmaker Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) directs from a script by Tyler Burton Smith (Sleeping Dogs, Quantum Break video games) based on the original motion picture. David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith produce under their KatzSmith Productions banner (It). Aaron Schmidt and Chris Ferguson executive produced the project.
“We feel incredibly lucky to have an icon creating a new take on an iconic character,” said Katzenberg. “Mark is a gifted actor and celebrated vocal performer, and he’s approached this challenge with incredible energy and commitment.”
Hamill is known for portraying one of the most iconic characters in film, Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy. Audiences can currently watch Hamill in the second season of History’s Knightfall and he will appear in Disney’s Star Wars: Episode IX which will be released this December.
Hamill is a prolific voice-over actor and has lent his voice as the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, the Arkham Aslyum video game series, and the animated films, The Killing Joke and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. In addition, Hamill voiced many characters in Cartoon Networks beloved Regular Show.
Child’s Play, the 1988 film, grossed over $44 million worldwide on a $9 million budget and spawned one of the most recognizable and successful horror characters of all time with its psychotic killer doll, Chucky.
Orion Pictures will release Child’s Play through their United Artists Releasing banner on June 21, 2019.
Prorom will release the film in Hungary on June 27 (through his own company Big Bang Media) and in Romania on July 5 (in collaboration with Ro Image).
Chucky, The Killer Doll is back on the big screen!
Chucky is back on big screen in a new film directed by Lars Klevberg (Polaroid).
Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry are headlining the picture, in this new take of the killer doll story. Tyler Burton Smith wrote the screenplay based on the 1988 film.
In the reboot, Plaza stars as a mother who gives her son (Gabriel Bateman) a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.
David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith will produce under their KatzSmith Productions banner. The duo produced in 2017 the smash hit remake of It, the highest grossing horror film of all time bringing in $700 million at the global box office. Aaron Schmidt and Chris Ferguson will executive produce.
In the original Child’s Play movie series created by Don Mancini, Brad Dourif played a serial killer who used voodoo to place his spirit in a Doll, which would become the Chucky we all know.
Mancini and producer David Kirschner are currently working on making more Child’s Play movies, as well as a TV series, with Dourif still voicing Chucky.
The film directed by Lars Klevberg will not be related to original films, being a new and frightening approach of Chucky's story. This time, Chucky is said to be a technologically advanced smart toy whose AI is programmed to have no limitations to learning or violence.
Child's Play will be released in US cinemas on June 21, 2019, in Hungary on June 27, and in Romania on July 5.
World Premiere of Playmobil: The Movie at The Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019
This year’s edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (June 10-15) in France will open with the world premiere screening of Playmobil: The Movie, produced by ON Animation Studios in Montreal and based on the globally popular toy brand.
The film will be premiered at the opening ceremony at Annecy, Monday 10th June. An event that will kick off the week’s festivities dedicated to animation!
Playmobil: The Movie, was presented at the Work in Progress during the 2018 Festival, and is directed by Lino DiSalvo, who worked almost 17 years at Disney, known especially for his role as Head of Animation for the Oscar winning feature length film: Frozen.
Playmobil tells the story of Marla, who goes in search of her little brother Charlie when he disappears into the Playmobil® universe.
When her younger brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of PLAYMOBIL®, unprepared Marla (Anya Taylor Joy) must go on a quest of a lifetime to bring him home.
As she sets off on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds, Marla teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends - the smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan), the dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), a wholehearted misfit robot, an extravagant fairy-godmother (Meghan Trainor) and many more.
The world premiere screening is Monday 10th June in the presence of the producers and the director Lino DiSalvo.
StudioCanal has unleashed the first official teaser trailer for the upcoming Playmobil: The Movie!
After Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) disappears into the Playmobil universe, his sister, Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy), sets out to find him.
During her adventures, she teams up with some unlikely new friends, including smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan), dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), a wholehearted misfit robot and an extravagant fairy-godmother (Meghan Trainor). Adam Lambert will voice the character of villain Emperor Maximus.
Playmobil toys have become a classic throughout children’s playrooms, and have produced over 2.9 billion figurines in more than 100 countries – making it one of the world’s most successful toy brands.
Lino DiSalvo will make his directorial debut on Playmobil: The Movie after spending 17 years at Disney Animation, where he served as head of animation on Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Di Salvo also worked as animation supervisor on Tangled and Bolt.
Playmobil: The Movie will be released in theaters summer of 2019. In Romania will be distributed by Prorom and Ro Image.