Doctor Who star bites into big screen adaptation of Chew

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Jun 22, 2015, 12:56 PM EDT

Former Time Lord David Tennant has joined the cast of Chew -- an animated movie adaptation of Image Comics’ popular ongoing series -- in a role that was originally meant to be voiced by the late Robin Williams.

Tennant joins The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun and Geek Queen Felicia Day (The Guild), who've already recorded their parts. The script was penned by Chew co-creator John Layman, who wrote the comics, while Rob Guillory does the art. Jeff Krelitz (Torchwood: Web of Lies, Peter Panzerfaust) is helming the project as well as producing alongside David Boxenbaum via Heavy Metal (the dynamic duo's multimedia company).

The story centers on detective Tony Chu (Yeun), a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agent and a Cibopath, which is someone who gets psychic impressions from whatever he/she eats. The story is set in a world where eating bird meats and chicken is illegal in the wake of a bird flu that killed millions of Americans. Day plays Yeun’s love interest, Amelia Mintz, a food critic who writes about food so precisely (she's a Saboscrivner), the reader feels as if they’re actually eating the food. Mmm. Bon appétit!

David Tennant is voicing Mason Savoy, the detective’s mentor-turned-villain. It’s not the first time the Doctor Who and Broadchurch star has played the role of the bad guy. He'll also be the Big Bad in Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones, set to hit the streaming service later this year. Tennant plays the villainous Zebediah Killgrave, aka Purple Man, in the upcoming superhero series.

Yeun and Day recorded their scenes last year, and producers were in negotiation with Robin Williams when the actor passed away. They took their time before finding another actor to fill Williams’ larger-than-life shoes, and this is why David Tennant recorded the part last week.

What do you think of David Tennant joining the cast of Chew? Do you think he’ll make a great Mason Savoy?

(via The Hollywood Reporter)