Not to be confused with the upcoming TV series from original creator Don Mancini, the Child's Play movie reboot is reportedly eying Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza and Atlanta's Brian Tyree Henry to star. Following a six-movie series, the reboot will set a new course for the infamous killer doll.
The original Child's Play from Don Mancini centers around a serial killer (played by Brad Dourif) who possesses a popular talking doll in order to keep himself alive. When a single mother (played by Catherine Hicks) purchases the doll for her son (played by Alex Vincent) as a birthday present, she inadvertently allows the killer into her home, unaware that its goal is to transfer his soul into the boy's body via black magic. The movie ended up spawning six sequels, and is now en route to grow even more - not only as a TV series, but as an all-out reboot from MGM, which reportedly has its eyes on Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry to star.
According to Collider, both actors are officially in negotiations to star in the reboot. Plaza will reportedly play the mother of the movie's main character, while Henry is in talks to play the detective (in which case, they'd be taking over the original movie's characters played by Hicks and Chris Sarandon, respectively). However, despite these few similarities to the first movie, this version of Child's Play will reportedly focus on a group of kids facing the possessed doll (think Stranger Things, IT, or even The Monster Squad, if this reboot channels the comedic direction from Child Play's sequels), while also featuring a brand new origin for the killer doll. This version of Chucky will reportedly feature technologically advanced features, with the doll's original creator possessing it, as opposed to a random serial killer.
Aside from the characters within the actual movie, the biggest challenge this reboot faces is in the TV series of the same name (and general plot) that is expected to be released around the same time. The series will include Mancini, the original creator, as well as the original voice of Chucky (Dourif).
As for Plaza and Henry, though neither of the two actors have been confirmed yet for the reboot, their comedic backgrounds suggest that this new version of Child's Play may incorporate the original franchise's comedy-horror elements. That said, both actors have proven themselves to be well-versed in tackling a variety of genres (with Plaza starring in both Legion and Ingrid Goes West, and Henry starring in the upcoming films Widows and If Beale Street Could Talk), so their involvement may not hold any significant weight in the tonal direction Child's Play might take.