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‘Child’s Play’ Remake Downplaying Changes, New Chucky Looks Like Old Chucky

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look at Chucky, from the Child’s Play remake. He looks a lot like Chucky. Which is a little surprising, because when the remake was first announced it sounded like a radical departure from the seven movies in the existing Child’s Play series.

According to Comic Book, which cited a casting call for the movie, the Child’s Play remake planned to abandon Chucky’s voodoo origins, instead turning Chucky into a murderous Furby. “A defective ‘Buddy doll’ whose programming code was hacked so that he has no limitations to learning and also violence,” the casting announcement reportedly read.

Now the project is moving beyond those embryonic stages, with the announcement of primary casting—Child’s Play will star Aubrey Plaza and Atlanta ’s Brian Tyree Henry—and the first reveal of Chucky:

chucky-childs-play "Child's Play" remake Chucky looks slightly revamped from Don Mancini's take on the character. MGM/Orion

The new version, written by Tyler Burton Smith (Quantum Break) and directed by Lars Klevberg (Polaroid), will combine CGI and a practical doll. This Chucky, with pronounced eyebrows and freckles, looks a little younger, somehow more innocent than the Chucky (or Chuckys) of Cult of Chucky.

Klevberg avoided describing how his iteration will differ from the original, telling EW, “Our Chucky will be our Chucky and he will be presented when the movie comes out.” Whereas early rumors were mostly about how the remake differed, this latest announcement emphasized how much the remake is inspired by Klevberg and Smith’s love of the original.

The feeling is not mutual. Don Mancini, who created Chucky and directed Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky and 2017’s Cult of Chucky, has steered the series from the beginning, building a surprisingly rich mythology from its simpler slasher origins:

Mancini’s lack of involvement (he is instead working on a Child’s Play TV series) will also deny the remake the Child’s Play series’ secret weapon: Chucky voice actor Brad Dourif.

“We haven’t cast that role yet,” Klevberg said.

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