Andy Serkis Replaces David Tennant In Burke And Hare

By Eric Eisenberg 2010-01-20 16:45:10discussion comments
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Burke and Hare promises to be amazing largely for two reasons: It is John Landis' first feature film since 1998 and a return to his bread and butter: comedic horror and Simon Pegg is incredible. Yesterday I could have told you that a third reason was the presence of Doctor Who's David Tennant, but, unfortunately, that is no longer true. The good news? They got someone equally awesome to replace him.

Without citing a reason, Simon Pegg posted on his Twitter today that Tennant had left the production of the film, but that the "legend of Middle Earth and Skull Island has come aboard" - Andy Serkis. Taking over the role of William Hare, Serkis will partner with Pegg's William Burke as they kill their Scottish friends and neighbors for the sole purpose of selling their bodies to the local university. Should be a good time for all.

Serkis is an older choice (having seven years on Tennant and six on Pegg), but has more than enough skill to keep my hopes for the project at a high level. Though it came through a motion-capture performance, audiences everywhere have seen the actor's ability to appear mad, obsessive, and greedy. The only problem I can see is that Pegg may end up looking too normal by comparison.
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