Who’s Ready to play with Chucky?

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For Child’s Play, Star Wars alumnus Mark Hamill voices the Buddi doll Chucky. Image Credit: IMDb.com
For Child’s Play, Star Wars alumnus Mark Hamill voices the Buddi doll Chucky. Image Credit: IMDb.com



Would you like a buddy like Chucky? Scheduled to hit movie theater screens in these United States on Friday, 21 June 2019, the Lars Klevberg directed Child’s Play is a remake of the 1988 film of the same title. This remake will also serve as a reboot of the franchise.

Child's Play Promotional Poster. Image Credit: IMDb.com
Child’s Play Promotional Poster. Image Credit: IMDb.com

What’s the film about?

People familiar with the original 1988 film will know the basic narrative. A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday. The mother is completely unaware of the doll’s villainous nature. The premise of the 2019 remake, with numerous modifications, follows a similar path.

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Who’s in the cast?

Andy Barclay is a 13-year-old deaf boy. Andy, played by Gabriel Bateman, is a lonely child. When the boy takes possession of a mysterious Buddi doll, while his loneliness disappears, Andy’s new best friend proves himself a villainous murderer.

The Buddi doll, voiced by Mark Hamill, is an out-of-control android named Chucky. Androids differ from robots significantly. Androids resemble human beings by design. Think Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Data is an android not a robot. The out-of-control doll diverges from what we saw in the original 1988 film.

Unlike the original film, a serial killer does not possess the doll. In the 1988 film, Brad Dourif played both the serial killer Charles Lee Ray and the doll’s creepy voice. Dourif, even though one of his first big screen appearances was playing Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, is best known for personifying the role Wormtongue in two instalments of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The character the Star Wars alumnus voices for the upcoming remake is a very different creation. It’s more like the android in Alien or artificial intelligence in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s more a matter of circuitry and computer programming than it is supernatural possession.

Further to Bateman and Hamill, the Klevberg directed remake features an extensive cast inclusive of Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, Tim Matheson, Marlon Kazadi, Ty Consiglio, Beatrice Kitsos, Anantjot S Aneja, Nicole Anthony, Carlease Burke, Amber Taylor, Kenneth Tynan and Michael Bardach.

Child’s Play 3: Look Who’s Stalking Promotional Poster. Image Credit: IMDb.com
Child’s Play 3: Look Who’s Stalking Promotional Poster. Image Credit: IMDb.com

The Child’s Play Franchise

The franchise, beginning with the 1988 film, consists of seven big screen instalments. The second and third instalments of the movie series, Child’s Play 2 and Child’s Play 3: Look Who’s Stalking, were respectively in 1990 and 1991. The next four instalments of the series, beginning with the Bride of Chucky and ending with the Cult of Chucky, abandoned the Child’s Play title in favour of focusing on the possessed doll.