In a poignant turn of events, Destiny 2 enthusiasts were deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Lance Reddick earlier this year, who had famously lent his voice to the iconic character, Commander Zavala.
Reddick’s portrayal breathed life into Zavala and established a strong connection with the Destiny community through his genuine engagement. The inevitable question of recasting such a pivotal character weighed heavily on Bungie’s shoulders.
Today, they’ve announced their choice: the legendary actor Keith David will be stepping into Zavala’s boots. David, renowned for his versatile roles in film, television, and voice acting, brings with him a wealth of experience that promises to honor the legacy left by Reddick.
Fans of David will recognize him from his memorable appearances in movies like “The Thing” and his role in the beloved TV show “Community.”
His voice acting talents have left a mark in animated films and video games, with credits ranging from Dr. Facilier in “The Princess and the Frog” to the eponymous character in “Saint’s Row IV.” Most notably, he lent his voice to the esteemed role of The Arbiter in the Halo series , forging a prior connection with Bungie.
In a heartfelt statement shared on Bungie’s official platform, Keith David conveyed his profound honor to carry on the work of Lance Reddick. He acknowledged Reddick’s masterful capture of Zavala’s integrity and expressed his commitment to continuing that legacy.
As Destiny 2 enthusiasts brace for this transition, the choice of Keith David to voice Zavala stands as a tribute not only to the character but also to the dedication of both the original actor and the Destiny community. The game’s narrative journey is set to continue, and fans are undoubtedly eager to hear David’s portrayal of the beloved Commander Zavala.