We should have known that it was too good to be true. Our favorite “Dr. Who,” David Tennant will no longer star in the upcoming dark comedy, Burke & Hare. It’s the first film that director John Landis has helmed in what seems like forever and it originally had Tennant starring opposite Simon Pegg. If that wasn’t a recipe for greatness I don’t know what is. Unfortunately it looks as if Tennant is out and Andy Serkis is in.
Andy Serkis is best known for his work as Gollum in the Peter Jackson film, Lord of the Rings. Even though his most famous role has him hidden beneath computer imagery he’s had his fair share of live action work. He appeared opposite Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30 and Brendan Fraser in Inkheart. The news of his casting first hit when Pegg took to his Twitter page and wrote,
“David Tennant had to drop out of B&H but by sheer glorious serendipity a legend of Middle Earth and Skull Island has come aboard. Welcome AS.”
Burke & Hare centers on a pair of Irish immigrant murderers in early 19th century Edinburgh who sold the corpses of their victims to the local medical college. Along with Pegg and Serkis, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Nighy will also be featured in the film. No official reason has been given as to why Tennant had to drop out, but Serkis is a decent replacement. I’m just concerned about his ability to keep up with Pegg’s comedic timing.
What do you think about Andy Serkis replacing David Tennant? Who should have been cast in the role?