Ellen Page needed for Beyond: Two Souls, says David Cage

Quantic Dream boss says he would have been in "deep sh**" if Juno actress had declined role in upcoming PS3 exclusive; actress not a gamer, but excited about script.

Quantic Dream boss David Cage has told CVG that he had only one name in mind for the lead role in the studio's upcoming PlayStation 3-exclusive Beyond: Two Souls: Juno and Inception actress Ellen Page.

What would have happened if Page had said no?

"If she had said no I would have been in deep sh**. For me, it was really obvious it could only be her," Cage explained.

The developer said he sent Page a package with the script for Beyond: Two Souls, as well as a copy of the company's previous game, Heavy Rain, to entice her to accept the role. Cage claimed Page's agent was quick to respond, saying the actress "loved" the script and was eager to be a part of the project.

Cage claimed that Page decided to take the role in Beyond: Two Souls not because she necessarily is a gamer, but because she has an adventurous spirit.

"If you look at her filmography, she likes to take risks," he said. "She was in Inception, but also Juno and Hard Candy. She likes new things, she likes to experiment, and I think that's why she chose to act in a game."

Beyond: Two Souls was announced during Sony's 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing in June. Cage claimed the game would be emotional, mature, and unique, going on to say he wants to create moments that players remember for a long time. It is due out during spring 2013.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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tehelka
tehelka

Indigo prophecy, Heavy Rain and now Beyond two souls, Quality developer.

Hurvl
Hurvl

As long as the game's good, I don't mind the pretentious comments David cage makes about his game. Sadly, it's only for PS3 and I'm a PC-only gamer. Well, i could benefit indirectly if this game becomes a success, since it would show that mature and complex games can be successful.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

If Jedi Academy can get someone other than Mark Hamill to voice Luke Skywalker, then they can easily replace Ellen Page, ffs.

Hrodwulf666
Hrodwulf666

Today David Cage said more words...

 

 

jmc88888
jmc88888

Ellen Page is a great actress.  He obviously wrote the story with her in mind. It can be risky, but since she accepted, no doubt it paid off with a much better story/performance.  If someone knows the actress can act both verbally and nonverbally, along with everything else, they story can be that much more engrossing.  Ellen can do that.

 

I watched the trailer recently, last weekend actually, and the first thing I noticed was how great the acting really was.  Then I went, hey that's Ellen Page.  Then it all made sense.  She WAS the perfect person to play it, and I thought, yeah, who better to play such a role? From her first X-Men movie to Hard Candy, I was like wow, this girl can act.  I was like, when this girl grows up she is going to be a great actress.   It's just so obvious she is supremely talented.   She's hands down the best actress in her age range.  From that trailer she seemed to be in top form. 

 

You combine that with the dev that made heavy rain? Wow.  The trailer looked amazing.  Like I was watching a top notch real movie. 

 

This game has some serious potential.  The story looks good.  In the story, what did they do to her? What is she now doing back to them?  Her character must be one bad... if it takes a bunch of SWAT members in full gear with guns drawn to attempt to get her.

 

It also seems to be over the course of time, because at the beginning of the trailer she couldn't remember much of anything and had a shaved head, but by the end she had like shoulder length hair.  So what we know is that in the story, them chasing her is going to be set over a significant time period.

 

Can't wait.

jark888
jark888

Whatever you say, man. This is quite a work for game developers. I wish you have some competitors for inspiration, and that'll be great for consumers too. It'll be great to know how much you have put to make such games (Heavy Rain, Two souls). By the way, Ellen Page looks much more attractive in game(pls. take that as a compliment). Love you all ;D

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

To every idiot in this comment section Cage has made great games and not just "interactive games" as you would put it. He knows how to do actual gameplay, and he also likes to take risks in trying new things with video games. Omikron the nomad soul was one of the first games have different styles of gameplay, an open world enviornment, with elements of exploration. you need to know his background before you talk

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

But, really all I want is a game that lasts longer than 6 hours.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I can see that this game has had a lot of effort put into it. I am just concerned that it is going to overlooked by the vast majority of gamers and non-gamers alike.  

HiImUPSMan
HiImUPSMan

atleast we know this game will have some decent voice acting.

 

Heavy rain was unbearable because of the terrible voice acting.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Really? This is the first time I have ever heard of anyone saying their game wouldn't make it without the help of a certain voice actor, or just actor/actress. Stop kissing ass and just make the game as good as you possibly can. 

jack00
jack00

I miss the days where video games were about GAMING, you know, score boards, challenges, time attack, not emotional cinematographie bullcrap...

hadlee73
hadlee73

I like the games David Cage makes, but I wish he'd stop acting like a drama queen.

obsequies
obsequies

this is probably the most realistic looking game I've seen on console..we've now passed the final fantasy movie quality

ahpuck
ahpuck

 so much that goes into making a game.

Uchiha_Sasuke1
Uchiha_Sasuke1

Ellen page is actually doing a role for a videogame. That's big imo shes from Juno and I though star like her rejects these kind of offer. This game just became big for us gamers.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

She's cool. I didn't really like her in Juno (well, the character she PLAYED, not HER specifically); thought she was great in Inception. I'm looking forward to this game just behind The Last of Us.

Mirzaeekhorram
Mirzaeekhorram

Does anybody even remember that she also had a good role in James Gunn's Super?? The movie was actually really fun.

blaze_adeel
blaze_adeel

cage claimed that page

i like the rhyme in that :P

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

i guess David Cage isn't a Lindsay Lohan fan

Majin72
Majin72

 @Albelnox0 Seriously, man, stop spamming the same stuff over and over.  If you're going to make the same argument, the least you could do is tailor your copy-paste reply so that it actually fits the comment you are replying to, instead of adding words and insinuation that aren't there.

worlock77
worlock77

 @Albelnox0 

Alright Mr. Cage, we get it. No need to keep copy-pasting your same post over and over.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @tightwad34 Cage has made great games and not just "interactive games" as you would put it.  He knows how to do actual gameplay, and he also likes to take risks in trying new things with video games.     Omikron the nomad soul was one of the first games have different styles of gameplay, an open world enviornment, with elements of exploration.  you need to know his background before you talk.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @jack00 Cage has made great games and not just "interactive games" as you would put it. He knows how to do actual gameplay, and he also likes to take risks in trying new things with video games. Omikron the nomad soul was one of the first games have different styles of gameplay, an open world enviornment, with elements of exploration. you need to know his background before you talk

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

Well the other guy respects your opinion, I really don't. Anyways theres still plenty of games that do your mindless score boards, challenges and time attacks. So I dont think you have anything to worry about.

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

 @jack00 I respect your opinion my friend, but there are plenty of options for you out there.  You don't have to like amusingly earnest French guy's cinematic interactive movie game, but at least give him some props for going somewhere unique.  So many overdone genres out there...

odgnj5
odgnj5

 @jack00 COD already exists. There's a group of people that need more then just dieing respawning killing.

Hurvl
Hurvl

 @hadlee73 Just like some things are necessary evils, David Cage is a necessary drama queen.

odgnj5
odgnj5

 @hadlee73 If he stopped being who he is then the games he makes wouldn't be the same.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @Uchiha_Sasuke1 

When I first saw footage from it, I thought "That looks just like Ellen Page." didn't realize they actually got her to do the part. At least it's legit for the game and not some weird cameo like Jessica Chobat being in Mass Effect 3.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @Mirzaeekhorram

 Wasn't that the movie with the guy frome the Office who was playing a wannabe superhero? Ellen Paige was a total spaz in that movie. In a funny way, though.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @Albelnox0

 Where exactly did I say he only makes interactive games? I am having a little trouble following you here....

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @jimrhurst  @jack00 Cage has made great games and not just "interactive games" as you would put it. He knows how to do actual gameplay, and he also likes to take risks in trying new things with video games. Omikron the nomad soul was one of the first games have different styles of gameplay, an open world enviornment, with elements of exploration. you need to know his background before you talk

jecomans
jecomans

@Hurvl @hadlee73 I never understood the Hollywood drama shit until I started doing light and sound in my late teens. Then I found out that it's actually pretty hard to be a grounded sane person and be a passionate actor (director counts) because it becomes life consuming. But the very best are usually very grounded. 

tmrtyn
tmrtyn

Her drug dealer is...

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @Majin72 Cool story bro but your still late. Trump would've fired you.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @jimrhurst  @Albelnox0  

 I got the same one from him/her putting words in my mouth also. I don't like it when people do that.

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

 @Albelnox0  @jack00 Whoa, amusingly earnest defender of amusingly earnest David Cage, I never claimed that _all_ he made were interactive movies.  I merely observed that jack00 seemed not to approve _specifically_ of Cage's new interactive movie game.  I actually do know of Cage's previous works, and I happen to enjoy what he creates.  But you know, thanks for jumping down my throat and all.