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Keith David will succeed Lance Reddick as Commander Zavala in Destiny

Veteran voice actor Keith David will succeed the late Lance Reddick as the voice of Commander Zavala in Destiny, Bungie has announced.

Reddick, who voiced the character since the game’s inception, passed away at his home in Los Angeles in March at the age of 60.

Now, the studio has announced its plans to continue the character in Lance’s absence.

“The passion and professionalism Lance brought to the role over the last decade was unmistakable and loved by all,” wrote Bungie in a blog post announcing the news.

“Lance’s iconic voice led us through the most intense moments in Destiny’s history and his impact on our Guardians, our community, and Bungie as a whole will never be forgotten.”

“Commander Zavala has been central to the story we have been telling since the original Destiny, and we have plans to continue his journey.”

Beginning with the upcoming expansion, The Final Shape, Keith David will assume the role of Commander Zavala. Crucially, Bungie notes that Reddick’s existing in-game lines will remain “untouched.”

Speaking on the change, Keith David said “I am honored to continue the great work of Lance Reddick as Zavala. Lance captured the character’s sense of integrity so wonderfully. It is my intention to continue that work.”

David is perhaps best known for his work in the Halo franchise, where he played The Arbiter. David also appeared as Julius Little in Saints Row and Saints Row 2. In Saints Row 4, he appeared as Keith David himself.