Tony Chu, an FDA agent, is a "cibopath" who gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats, which helps him solve crimes. He's the protagonist of the Image Comics series Chew, which is set in a world where all bird meats are illegal after bird flu killed 23 million people.
Chew won the Eisner Award for Best New Series in 2010, and now it's becoming an animated feature, starring The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee) as detective Tony.
Felicia Day of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural and her own web series, The Guild, is playing Tony's love interest, food critic Amelia Mintz — a "saboscrivner" who can write about food so vividly that the reader actually feels like they can taste it. That’s quite a gift!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Steven — a longtime fan of Chew — was considered by the filmmakers to be the obvious choice to play Asian-American Tony Chu. Steven is no stranger to animation. He voiced Wan in Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra, and this past December it was announced that he was recording a guest role on American Dad.
Chew is published through Image Comics, which also publishes The Walking Dead books. TWD comic book writer Robert Kirkman is a partner at Image. Steven’s TWD character, Glenn, is still stuck in the Terminus train car of the Season 4 finale, and we’ll see what happens next for him when Season 5 premieres in October on AMC. Filming for S5 starts in early May.
THR says Chew’s producers are aiming for a digital broadcast and home entertainment release. Are you excited to see — or at least hear — Steven in the Chew feature, when it comes out? Tell us how you feel below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter