John Layman’s award winning comic Chew is getting the animation treatment by director Jeff Krelitz (Torchwood: Web of Lies, Peter Panzerfaust) and they’ve cast Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Felicia Day (The Guild, Geek & Sundry) as the voices for detective Tony Chu and his girlfriend Amelia Mintz.
Yep, that’s right, Layman and artist Rob Guillory‘s Eisner Award winning series is coming to a digital platform near you in animated form. For those of you that haven’t heard of Chew, is:
Set in a world where all chicken and other bird meats are illegal, after a catastrophic outbreak of the bird flu that killed 23 million Americans, Chew centers on Tony Chu, a police detective who is a Cibopath (pronounced “see-bo-path”). Tony becomes a vice cop with the Philadelphia Police Department, and when on assignment, trying to find people smuggling chicken, he enters a black market chicken restaurant on invitation from the U.S. FDA. He has a bowl of chicken soup only to find he gets a psychic impression of the cook killing people and putting them into the soup. He goes to bust the cook, only for the cook to kill himself outside the restaurant. Chu eats the cook to find out the names of the rest of the victims. He is fired from his job with the Philadelphia PD and gets hired on to the FDA by an agent named Mason Savoy, who is also a cibopath.
That’s Yeun’s role, Day will voice Chu’s girlfriend Amelia who:
Is a food critic at a newspaper. She is a Saboscrivner. After seeing her a few times, Tony finally gets to meet her when he is supposed to get her fired, after she gets bored and decides to start writing about disgusting foods causing several people to vomit. When Tony goes to her office, she helps him defuse a situation with some terrorists from the group E.G.G.. She goes with the governor of Yamapalu. After finding out that he’s imprisoning people, she is also captured. She is one of the people Tony saves from Yamapalu, and soon after they start dating. She starts writing about food for him so he can taste them without getting psychic sensations.
Here’s the first episode of Krelitz’s Torchwood: Web of Lies. It should give you a taste of his direction and style.
Both Yeun and Day are fans of the comic series and Yeun who already has ties with Image‘s Robert Kirkman through The Walking Dead, must have seemed a logical choice to play the Asian-American Character of Chu.
What do you think? Have they picked a good pair to voice the characters? Could this lead to a live action television series?