Commander Zavala will have a new voice in future seasons.
Image of an armored Titan from Destiny 2, the leader of the Vanguard, Commander Zavala.

Ever since the tragic passing of Lance Reddick, Destiny 2 fans wondered what would happen to the character he voiced in Destiny, Commander Zavala. Today, Bungie shared the first details on the fate of Commander Zavala in future seasons of Destiny 2.

Going forward, Keith David will voice Zavala in Destiny 2: The Final Shape and beyond. Bungie also notes that all of Lance's existing in-game lines will remain untouched for the upcoming release. This isn't a case where they are having David re-record Lance's old lines as they did when they replaced Peter Dinklage with Nolan North as the voice of your Ghost.

Included below is all of what Bungie had to say in today's announcement.

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.

Keith David, a prolific actor on the stage and in television, film, and games, will assume the English language voice of Zavala in The Final Shape and beyond. Separately, Lance’s existing lines in-game will remain untouched for the upcoming release.

Headshot photo of Keith David.

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.​
Keith David is no real stranger to lending his voice to several notable games over the years. He voiced the Arbiter in the Halo franchise. He was the leader of the Saints, Julius Little, in Saints Row. David also voiced David Anderson in the Mass Effect games.