MGM has announced that production of the Child’s Play reboot has officially begun starring Parks and Rec alumni Aubrey Plaza as Karen, Andy’s mother.
Also announced for the film is the young actor Gabriel Bateman of Lights Out, who will play Andy, and Brian Tyree Henry of Atlanta, who will play Mike. The plot, perhaps unsurprisingly, is as such:
Child’s Play follows a mother (Plaza) who gives her son (Mike and Gabriel Bateman) a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.
Filming began Thursday in Vancouver. The movie is being produced by the two behind the most recent It film, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) will direct.
But not involved, as you may or may not know, is either Brad Dourif – the voice of Chucky – or Don Mancini, the original creator of the series. However, this is where it gets confusing, as Dourif will continue to play Chucky in both the future sequels helmed by Mancini and a TV series. Essentially, there will be two competing properties – one by MGM, and one by Mancini.
Despite apprehensions by longtime fans, it should be interesting to see the always wonderful Aubrey Plaza as one of the leads in the new film. Though most know her from the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, she’s also starred in the horror comedy Life After Beth. More recently, Aubrey Plaza took the lead in the dark comedy Ingrid Goes West.
Thanks to Deadline for the report.