Serkis Replaces Tennant On “Burke”

Simon Pegg has confirmed on his Twitter that outgoing “Doctor Who” star David Tennant has been replaced by “Lord of the Rings” actor Andy Serkis on the upcoming horror comedy “Burke & Hare”.

Pegg and Tennant were set to play the titular characters in the John Landis-directed story of 19th-century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing dead bodies for an Edinburgh medical school.

Reasons for Tennant’s departure are unknown though it’s likely to be due to scheduling changes. Tennant stars in the NBC pilot “Rex Is Not Your Lawyer” which was originally to premiere in the Fall. That however is likely to be moved up to late Spring to fill in the numerous holes in the troubled network’s post-Leno period.