NEW YORK – Chicago-based film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky is joining Roger Ebert's upcoming movie review show.
Vishnevetsky is replacing the previously announced Elvis Mitchell, the show announced Tuesday. No explanation was given for Mitchell's departure.
The Russian-born Vishnevetsky, 24, writes for the film website Mubi and contributes to the Chicago Reader. He'll appear alongside co-host Christy Lemire, 38, film critic for The Associated Press.
Ebert lost his ability to speak after cancer surgeries, but will be on the weekly show with a segment in which he communicates with a computer-generated voice. He will executive produce the series in Chicago with his wife, Chaz Ebert.
"Ebert Presents At the Movies" premieres Jan. 21 on public TV stations.