Bungie Finds Its New Voice for Destiny 2 Vanguard Leader Zavala with Keith David

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Destiny 2 Vanguard leader Zavala is in good hands as Bungie finds its new voice for the character with veteran multiple Emmy-winning actor and voice actor Keith David. Zavala has been portrayed by the amazing Lance Reddick for nearly a decade. Mr. Reddick passed away earlier this year in March leaving behind an impressive amount of work which included voicing characters in numerous video games including Destiny and Guerrilla Games’ Horizon franchise. Those not familiar with Keith David should rest assured knowing that he has an extensive career spanning over forty years in film, animation, tv, and video games (including Halo, Mass Effect, and Saints Row).

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Earlier this year, we lost Lance Reddick, the English language voice actor of Commander Zavala. The passion and professionalism Lance brought to the role over the last decade was unmistakable and loved by all. 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.

On becoming the new Vanguard leader, Keith 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.” 

Bungie is honored to continue the relationship that began with Keith during the days of Halo, and the team is excited for what he brings to the role of the Commander. We will always remain respectful to the role Zavala has played thus far, and look forward to the journey ahead.

Even as Bungie finds its new voice with Mr. David other franchises may also be seeking his well-recognized skills as they seek to move forward following the passing of Mr. Reddick.

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Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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