Sorry Jack, Chucky's Back! Well, in a way. Brad Dourif, acclaimed film and TV actor as well as voice of the aforementioned iconic killer doll, has signed up to appear on an upcoming episode of the popular CBS crime procedural Criminal Minds.
The exact nature of Dourif's role has yet to be revealed, but the network does refer to it as a "pivotal role", so we know it will be something meaty at least. Given Dourif's long history of playing psychotic villains, the natural assumption would be that he'll be portraying the episode's serial killer (or "unsub" in Criminal Minds lingo). That said, the episode is being directed by series star Matthew Gray Gubler, whose previous efforts behind the camera have been met with much praise. A creative guy like Gubler might be planning to cast outside Dourif's usual box, and place him in a more heroic role.
Personally, I hope they choose the first option. Few actors play crazy better than Dourif, and I don't just mean Chucky. Other terrifically nutty Dourif roles include the demon-possessed Gemini Killer in the criminally underrated sequel The Exorcist III, and my personal favorite, possibly psychic serial killer Luther Lee Boggs on The X-Files. Beyond The Sea is still one of my favorite all-time X-Files episodes, and if you haven't seen it, I implore you to check it out, and experience Dourif's tour-de-force performance for yourself. Dourif also portrayed the not-crazy but still evil Grima Wormtongue in the Lord Of The Rings films, one of Frank Booth's thugs in Blue Velvet, and of course the tragic Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
Anyway, enough gushing over Dourif. The Gubler directed episode in question is titled "The Lesson", and will most likely air in December or January. Let's hope Dourif brings his usual magic to the show.
Are you excited to see Brad Dourif invade Criminal Minds? Will he be a hero or a villain?