Back to the Future fandom rejoiced when it was announced that Christopher Lloyd would portray Doc Brown in the upcoming Back to the Future: The Video Game from Telltale Games for the Sony PlayStation 3, PC, Mac, and iPad, but it looks like he's the last actor from the original films that we're going to hear in the game. Telltale's website for the game has been updated with new imagery and sound clips for the McFly nemesis Biff Tannen and Marty McFly's father, George McFly. Considering that George was recast after the first film, hearing yet another take on the character isn't so hard to swallow (and, really, new-George actor Michael X. Sommers sounds like he does a fantastic Jeffrey Weissman), but taking over for Thomas F. Wilson as Biff is musician Kid Beyond who — and this is just based on the three brief clips provided on the Telltale site — sounds like he's channeling Family Guy's Mort Goldman for his performance. I'm not quite sure what to make of that.
"So what's Tom Wilson up to these days that prevented him from taking the role?" you may ask. As it turns out, he's no longer interested in participating in anything related to his role in Back to the Future. He's apparently chosen to no longer embrace the fandom's admiration of him and his performance. Here's the explanation straight from Wilson's website:
I've decided to do what I want to do in life, and follow my own path as an artist, so I've decided not to participate in any sort of nostalgia in which I'm marginalized as a pop icon of yesterday. I no longer support in any way an insurmountable archetype, and now exclusively pursue the things that interest me.
Well, that explains why he's nowhere to be found on the recently released Blu-ray set of the film trilogy. It's a shame that Wilson chose to make like a tree and get out of here. We're all poorer for his absence in the upcoming game, and Kid Beyond certainly has some big shoes to fill.