With the tragic passing of Lance Reddick, Bungie had to recast this important character to keep him going.
Back in March, we lost beloved actor Lance Reddick. It was both heartbreaking and tragic. Bungie, while paying their respects to the actor, finally has taken steps to move on.
For those unaware, Reddick voiced Commander Zavala in the Destiny series of video games for English releases. Zavala, and by extension Reddick, have always played an important role in Destiny and Destiny 2.
Many fans of his knew him from other films, shows, and animation as well. Rick and Morty fans would know him as Alan Rails, and he’s appeared in Ducktales, The Legend of Vox Machina, and recently in live-action as Albert Wesker in the recent Resident Evil series.
The good news is that Bungie announced, today, a new voice for Commander Zavala that will feel right at home: Keith David. David is a prolific actor spanning several decades.
He’s also voiced multiple characters on Rick and Morty, as well as the Saint’s Row franchise. Halo fans will instantly recognize him as The Arbiter’s voice as well. But, he’s been in movies and shows long before that like The Thing and Todd McFarlane’s Spawn.
Earlier today, Bungie put out the official news on their own blog. They assured fans that Reddick’s existing likes will “remain untouched for the upcoming release”.
“I am honored to continue the great work of Lance Reddick as Zavala” Keith David is quoted in Bungie’s news. “Lance captured the character's sense of integrity so wonderfully. It is my intention to continue that work.”
As mentioned, Bungie has worked with David before during their run as the Halo creators and developers for several years. Knowing that Zavala is in capable hands is reassuring for fans of the franchise while offering a great amount of respect to the history of the character and those that have played him in the past.