David Tennant will expand his body of work into another section of the geek community, as word has come down that he’ll be lending his voice to an upcoming animated adaptation of a popular comic book.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tennant has joined the upcoming animated film Chew, based on the popular ongoing series published by Image Comics. Tennant’s role is of particular importance, as he’s going to be taking over a part that was originally supposed to be filled by the late Robin Williams. Tennant is joined on the voice cast by “The Walking Dead” star Steven Yeun and “The Guild” star Felicia Day. As of right now, Tennant’s role is unknown. Yeun will be voicing the main character of Tony Chu, while Day will be voicing Amelia Mintz.
Beginning in 2009, Chew by writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory focuses on Tony Chu. A police detective in a world where poultry and bird meats are illegal, Chu is a Cibopath. That means that he has the ability to take a bite from anything — yes, anything — and get a psychic impression from it. In an early issue, right after he joins the vice department of the Philadelphia Police Department, he tries to find out who may have been smuggling illegal meats. When he takes a bite from some chicken soup, he immediately gets a psychic image of the cook in the back killing people, and putting his victims into the soup. That should give you a pretty decent idea of what kind of storytelling the series plays with.
Chew has yet to be slotted with a release date. For more on its development, check out GeekNation in the days and weeks ahead!
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