Days after Child’s Play fans got their first look at the all-new Chucky, the killer toy makes his voice heard in the latest trailer for the upcoming remake of the 1988 horror hit. And boy, does he sound like a real Joker. Mark Hamill — who established himself as the definitive voice of the Clown Prince of Crime on Batman: The Animated Series — is taking over the role made by famous by Brad Dourif in the original film and its many sequels. (In fact, Dourif still voices Chucky in a separate series of movies overseen by Child’s Play creator Don Mancini, who has been vocal about his displeasure with the reboot.) Hamill’s voice is only heard briefly at the very end of this trailer, when Chucky bids his young owner, Andy (Gabriel Bateman), a sinister good night. But that single line reading is enough to remind us why he’s a voiceover, as well as a Jedi, master.
Hamill’s social media following are all-in on his latest role.
I’m so stoked for the new Child’s Play movie. Mark Hamill voicing Chucky is so good.— tate (@teamfreew1ll) April 18, 2019
Your voice as Chucky gave me the CHILLS!— Kirin Arnold (@Kirin_Arnold) April 18, 2019
That said, Dourif remains very popular among Chucky purists. And those collectors are definitely noting some vocal similarities between the two.
Mark Hamill is going to be very, very creepy as the voice of Chucky, I'll definitely say that much. Though kinda sounds like he's just channeling Brad Dourif... a bit too much maybe? #ChildsPlay— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) April 18, 2019
Not totally sold on the new #ChildsPlayMovie trailer. I mean if you're gonna get Mark Hamill to do a spot on impression of Brad Dourif why not get Brad Dourif? This assuming he didn't turn them down of course in which case I'll shut up. pic.twitter.com/SuVpm2VK1M— damagedgoods (@damagedgoods70) April 18, 2019
I don't understand why they got someone new. Mark Hamill is a fantastic voice actor, but Brad Dourif is still alive.— Octavia Butler Predicted This MAGA Dystopia (@MsGo) April 18, 2019
Besides Chucky’s new voice, the trailer also reveals that he’s found new ways of racking up the body count in his current form. In addition to the ever-popular, always-effective butcher’s knife, the bloody-minded toy also makes inventive use of lawn mowers, automated cars and low-flying drones. That ability comes courtesy of a 21st century upgrade that’s been made to the Buddi toy line: these dolls can sync up and control all the smart devices in your home. Yes, but can he also do Force projections?
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