SDCC 2018: Don Cheadle. Actor. Thanos Survivor. Donald Duck?

Let’s guess what you were thinking when you saw the title of this article. “Donald Duck…speaking intelligible words?” “Don’t ruin my childhood! Noooooo!”

Calm down. Calm down. There’s a feasible explanation for all of this. Let’s start with the announcement from Don Cheadle – that Don Cheadle, motherf*cker – that he would be voicing the iconic Disney duck in the season 1 finale of DuckTales. Yes, that happened on Friday during San Diego Comic-Con’s DuckTales panel, as the featured guest star for the finale. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, the versatile Cheadle will be voicing an intelligible Donald Duck – a first in the history of Donald Duck cartoons.

Cheadle – who has Disney experience as James Rhodes/War Machine – offered a statement talking about playing The Donald (Duck:)

It’s an awesome opportunity because there are only so many roles that you look forward to playing as an actor. You’ve got to do your homework and bring your A-game when you’re trying to voice Donald Duck. Really, [it’s about] trying to find the id, trying to find the center of the duck: What makes a duck tick? What does a duck want? What will a duck sacrifice for what he wants? And these are questions that people have been pondering for many, many centuries. I’m not the first person to go into duck philosophy, obviously.

A tongue-in-cheek response for quite an iconic role, but it seems like Cheadle is prepared for the role in the season finale, which will include the voices of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Catherine Tate, and Kimiko Glenn – playing Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, Magica De Spell, and Lena, respectively. 

The season finale of DuckTales – which will feature a plotline around the rescue of Scrooge McDuck from Magica De Spell – will air on August 18 on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW

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Clinton Bowman-Christie
Managing Editor, Games & Technology

Teacher's Assistant by day, passionate gamer and wrestling fan by night. This describes Clinton to a T. A Brooklyn, New York resident for all of his life, gaming, Power Rangers, football, basketball and wrestling pretty much comprise a lot of his free time.