It’s been 31 years since the original Child’s Play hit screens and introduced the world to possessed Good Guy doll and future pop culture icon Chucky.
The classic franchise is still going strong, with the last movie Cult of Chucky released in 2017, but due to the strange business of licensing MGM/Orion Pictures (who put out the first film) are about to launch a remake of Child’s Play that has no connection to Don Mancini’s cult films. We got our first full look at the new iteration of Chucky earlier this week, and now we’ve got a new trailer and it’s just as bonkers and brutal as you’d expect.Directed by Lars Klevberg, Child’s Play stars Aubrey Plaza as a young mother, Karen, who gets her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) the gift to help him settle into their new life… and things almost immediately start to go awry.
This trailer establishes an entirely new status quo, and introduces the new iteration of Chucky: an A.I. home helper named Buddi who is connected to the so-called Kaslan technology smart home. You’d be right to think that seems like a bad idea—the trailer quickly descends into R-rated mayhem, with Buddi/Chucky killing a man with Christmas lights and a lawnmower.
His technological advancement seems like it will play a key role in some deaths; we see him utilizing Kaslan-brand drones and even a car to dispatch some unlucky grownups. Another element that will likely get fans talking is the inclusion of a Stranger Things-style group of young teens who appear to be friends of the aged-up Andy, and are all wielding some serious weapons. Of course, the part we’ve all been waiting for is hearing Mark Hamill as the voice of the new Chucky, and he is magnificent.
It’ll be very interesting to see how fans react to this entirely new vision of the classic character, especially as the recognizable doll has a whole new look (that is luckily predominantly practical!) Will he be our new friend ’til the end? We’ll have to wait until June 21 to find out!
Images: Orion / MGM