Ironside, Quaid TimeShift-ing

Sam Fisher's alter ego joins Hollywood leading man in voice cast of Vivendi's upcoming Xbox 360 and PC actioner.

Horror-movie fans know Michael Ironside as Darryl Revok, villain of director David Cronenberg's 1981 cult classic Scanners. Science fiction fans will remember him from roles in two of Paul Verhoeven's cynical future-action extravaganzas--as the ruthless assassin Richter in Total Recall and Lieutenant Jean "Everyone fights, no one quits" Rasczak in Starship Troopers. Television viewers will probably recognize him from his recent guest appearances on ER and Desperate Housewives.

To gamers, though, Ironside's gravelly baritone is instantly recognizable as the voice of superspy Sam Fisher, hero of the Tom Clancy-inspired Splinter Cell series. In 2002, the veteran Canadian character actor also lent his vocal talent to another game, Interplay's poorly reviewed Run Like Hell.

Now, Ironside is adding a third game to his lengthy resume. Today, Vivendi Games announced that he has joined the voice cast of TimeShift, the sci-fi shooter the publisher recently acquired from Atari. Ironside will play Doctor Krone, one of the scientists developing the time-travel technology at the center of the game's storyline.

Joining Ironside is one of Hollywood's more recognizable leading men. Dennis Quaid, whose 20-year career has spanned the 1980s (The Big Easy, Innerspace), '90s (Undercover Blues, Dragonheart), and '00s (Traffic, In Good Company), is also joining TimeShift's cast. It will be his first game project and will see the aging heartthrob play Colonel Michael Swift (Ret.), a former test pilot who becomes the world's first "chrononaut," or time traveler.

Rounding out the cast is character actor Nick Chinlund, who will play General Mitchell, director of the game's time-travel project. Though not a marquee name, Chinlund has appeared in many movies familiar to gamers, including Chronicles of Riddick and Training Day. (He will also appear in the yet-untitled first film from the editors of the popular satirical weekly The Onion.) Chinlund has had guest spots in several high-profile TV series, including The Sopranos and Desperate Housewives. His appearances on the latter series did not overlap with those of Ironside.

Developed by Saber Interactive (2003's Will Rock), TimeShift is set to hit the Xbox 360 and PC in September. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's exclusive preview.

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thepeter
thepeter

SEE YOU AT THE PARTY RICHTER!

TedStokes168
TedStokes168

When i saw the title I thought it wasnt this Ironside but an announcement for the timeshift makers next title "Ironside: The Game" (after the 70's tv show) lol.

McDog3
McDog3

I'm surprised Gamespot didn't mention that Ironside is a frequently seen character in Stargate SG1.....

LordBraz
LordBraz

Dude, Total Recall is awesome. P.S. i support any and all games not coming to the PS3

szindragon
szindragon

If there is one thing Michael Ironside can do (besides beat Maverick as Jester), he can voice act. His work as Darkseid on the Superman and Justice League cartoons was incredible.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Dennis Quaid was awesome in 'Savior'. This movie didn't do great business. But I'd recommend it to War movie fans.....it's a serious movie.......

skrutop
skrutop

"Welcome to the Roughnecks." The game sounds cool; let's see if they can pull it off.

thekey
thekey

Timeshift is one of those games that has a good idea but never intergrated well in the final product. It looks good on paper, but when you actually play it. It sucks.

gamekid59
gamekid59

haha you guys are blind, 'cause you like the game. I like the game to. It's awesome but man... Peewee Ironside... He's the worst actor around, he hasn't made a decent movie in a decade and Mr. Fisher sounds like he ate the lid of a catfood can.

jkr2krz
jkr2krz

To most actors in games, its just another paycheck. They don't actually feel it brings them any more accolades (sides stuff like spike tv awards etc) yet to hear any of them SPEAK of a role they played in a game in a positive light or without it being an acceptance speech etc.

chickenoverlord
chickenoverlord

This is brilliant! Ironside is awesome, I loved total recall, starship troopers AND of course splinter cell. The more movie actors voicing games the better! How bout Samuel L Jackson in GTA SA? Brilliant! Now if only the games are as good as the actors...

rbunnell
rbunnell

The demo on both the 360 and pc were barely playable with all the slow down. It was sad. I just laughed after about five minutes and said "no sale".

gillri
gillri

'See you at the paarrrty Victor'

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

The ONLY cool thing in SC is his voice.

gdogg4210
gdogg4210

Iron side = kick butt, time shift = not sure ye

grave_rob
grave_rob

quuuuaaaaid....start the reactor!!!! dude is a total badass. perfect voice for sammy.

rynmls
rynmls

so he is the voice behind sam fisher...

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

This is sad for Atari. Timeshift just competely sucked under their watch, now Vivendi took over they are pouring everything they got to make this game really good.

Zeppelin1988
Zeppelin1988

Arnt they beefing up the graphics coz it changed publishers or something. The guys who made Riddick escape from butcher bay are doin it i think?

neoand12
neoand12

nice one of my fav. actors

XtremePhsyco
XtremePhsyco

i played a demo of timeshift and it was really hard, but i didnt like ythe whole art style at all. the art was nowhere near cool looking or realistic or functioned efficiently.

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

Well at least we'll have more quality voice acting.

Rasgueado
Rasgueado

Uhhh... more importantly he was "Jester" from Top Gun! (He was also really good in The Machinist)

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Two very good and underestimated actors joining this game... sounds good to me.

matttrd
matttrd

He's a very underrated actor imo. Glad to hear he's doing more games as his voice work on the Splinter cell series was excellent.

kanoots
kanoots

Maybe Lambert will make it into the game too.

Benny_is_here
Benny_is_here

Dr. Krone... Hehe... This sounds hilarious in Norwegian, because "Krone" is the money we use here. It's like Dr. Dollar :lol: Ok, maybe not that funny... Can't wait for Splinter Cell DA, but I'm not that interested in TimeShift. Maybe if they remove the "f" in TimeShift....

hemakm3
hemakm3

Will have good voice acting at the least--gameplay makes a game though.

damned_beast
damned_beast

good news... this could just be the boost the game needs

agschool
agschool

I'm very interested in Timeshift and with Ironside as the voice-over atleast the main character won't sound sissy. "I'm Sam Fisher and I'm a double agent!!!"

serioustom
serioustom

This is not bad news for Timeshift i can't wait to play it.

jtparsons54
jtparsons54

I have low expectations for Timeshift... First post!!!!!