From the Hollywood Reporter,
David Tennant, best known for his long-running gig as one of the doctors in BBC cult hit Doctor Who, has joined the voice cast of Chew, the animated feature adaptation of the popular comic from Image Comics, taking over for a part that was originally going to be filled by Robin Williams.
Walking Dead star Steven Yeun and Felicia Day, the creator of web series The Guild, are already on the roll call for the project, which has a script by Chew co-creator John Layman. (Layman writes the book while Rob Guillory does the art.)
David Tennant joins Felicia Day and Steven Yeun – Chew Animated Feature!
This is great news! Felicia Day and Steven Yeun’s parts were recorded last year but due to Robin Williams tragic death the project has been on hold. Tennant is an interesting choice for Mason Savoy, who is the mentor turned villain of the piece. Scottish and a bit manic he’s a good fit for Tennant who, due to his slight frame, could never have played the burly redhead in a live action piece.
“Chew” is the story of Tony Chu (played by The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun) who is a “cibopath”, one gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. He lives in a world where bird meat is illegal following a world wide bird flu epidemic. His cases span the full range of law enforcement though he officially works for the FDA.
This isn’t Tennant’s first turn as a villain, though usually known for his roles as heroes like the Doctor and Broadchurch’s Alec Hardy (or anti-heroes like Casanova) he’ll be seen soon as the villain in Marvel’s Netflix series Jessica Jones.