McDowell, Flair Uprising on Red Alert 3 March 12

Q&A: <i>Heroes</i> star joins wrestling legend in PC expansion to alternate-history RTS; producer Amer Ajami talks landing talent for add-on, which also stars <i>DOA</i>'s Holly Valance.

The year had barely started when gamers learned that Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 would be getting its first expansion, subtitled Uprising. Exclusive to the PC "for now," according to EA Los Angeles senior producer Amer Ajami, the add-on will be available for download on the PC on March 12 for $19.99.

Mr. McDowell will take your questions now.

As has been the case since Kane executed Seth in the original 1995 C&C, Uprising will feature full-motion video cutscenes with real-world actors. Following in the footsteps of Red Alert 3 cast members J.K. Simmons, Tim Curry, and George Takei will be Malcolm McDowell. Best known in the film world for his portrayal of a psychotic teenage thug in A Clockwork Orange (1971), the British-born thespian is familiar to younger audiences for his roles in Star Trek Generations (1994) and the television series Heroes. Gamers will recognize his face from the live-action cutscenes in the Wing Commander games and his voice as that of President John Henry Eden in current best-seller Fallout 3.

In Uprising, McDowell will play as Rupert Thornley, the president of the European Union and current leader of Western Allies fighting the Soviets and Japanese. McDowell was the developers' first choice for the role of the erudite British leader, given his famed diction and gravitas. "There's only a few people that have the kind of pull he has," Ajami told GameSpot.

Holly Valance.

The producer went on to explain EALA's casting process for the C&C games' FMV sequences, which are done in coordination with EA's marketing department. "We have a four-sided square we try and fit people in when we cast them," said Ajami. "One, they have to have what we call 'nerd cred,' because that plays into our audience a lot. Then, they have to be a big-name actor as well. Third, they have to be recognizable, so if you look at them you might not know exactly who they are, but you know they've seen them somewhere before. And the fourth one doesn't apply to Malcolm, but having hot chicks [in the game] never hurts."

One of the attractive actresses recruited for Uprising is Holly Valance, the Australian-Serbian actress who recently appeared in the disastrously received film adaptation of Dead or Alive. She is joined by C&C newcomer Jodi Lyn O'Keefe from the television show Prison Break, and series veterans Gemma Atkinson and Ivana Milicevic reprise their roles as Lt. Eva McKenna (Allies) and Dasha Fedorovich (Soviet). Julia Ling will also return as Izumi, sister of the Japanese Empire's psionic commando Yuriko Omega--who will also appear in one FMV sequence portrayed by an as-yet-unannounced actress.

"Woooooooooo!"

Definitely not fitting into the "hot chick" category is Ric Flair, the former pro wrestler and outsize television personality. He will portray Commander Hill, a military strongman players must battle in Uprising's all-new Commander's Challenge mode. "We needed somebody to yell at you and call you names--he definitely fit the bill," Ajami said of the famously boisterous ex-mat-man.

Uprising will feature some 25 minutes of full-screen FMV cutscenes, drawn from more than 30 pages of script. Directed by EA's full-time cinematic director Richard Taylor, the scenes were shot over eight days last year on soundstages in Hollywood and nearby Culver City, California.

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Discussion

75 comments
Coolhandlew
Coolhandlew

pointless getting good actors, actresses in if the game is poo, like ra3 was, compared too ra2 and 1. ra3 feels more like a c&c generals game.

Taegre
Taegre

mice16 "I did notice that none of those points of the square actually have anything to do with actual acting skill. (Nerdness, famousness, familiarity and hotness)" This is the Red Alert series, where B-movies come to life.

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

I dont know who would make a better Red Alert 3 character... Ric Flair with his WOOOOOOOOO!!! or Howard Dean with his AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

mice16
mice16

I did notice that none of those points of the square actually have anything to do with actual acting skill. (Nerdness, famousness, familiarity and hotness) I think that it's sad when they have to consult their marketing department before making a casting decision. Good thing Joe Kucan, Arthur Roberts, Andrea Robinson and John Milford were not chosen on any of those oh so important credentials.

RoughTumbler101
RoughTumbler101

To bad my P.C. is garbage cuz i would buy this. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

macrules_640
macrules_640

With the mention of Ric Flair this game has got me interested. Woooooooooooo!

dmfreak
dmfreak

oh yes ric flair! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

NightRain
NightRain

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

BloodMist
BloodMist

Ric Flair has always been funny...fit's the RA universe perfectly.as for the DoA movie, it's incredibly funny.See it.

JamesSoprano
JamesSoprano

Ric Flair and C&C do not mix at all .. but it sounds funny .. so i would love too see a trailer with him in it

Taegre
Taegre

Anybody else find it ironic that the pic shows Malcom McDowell being interviewed for a game about massive world war at the Society for World Peace?

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

Wait, there was a Dead or Alive movie? (Googles) And it's got Jaime Pressly? (More Googling) Darn it, it's rated PG-13. How good can a movie about 4 hot girls slashing ninjas be without being rated R? Who am I kidding, I'm going to go rent it tonight.

Gamingcucumber
Gamingcucumber

Wow those are two names I never would have thought to have been feautured in a video game. Let alone Red Alert. Especially Malcolm McDowell, wonder if he saw this comming when he was filming A Clockwork Orange with the master that is Kubrick. Anyway, cool I guess but I would rather have them spend the money on making a quality game, worthy of the name Red Alert. Also anyone annoyed by the fact that EA probably spent more money getting those names than what the saved by shutting down Westwood? I STILL can't get over the fact that ANYONE shut them down....god...

IamLegend316
IamLegend316

Whether ya like my spam rush, or ya don't like it....learn to live with it, cause it's the best......goin'.......today.......Wooooooooooo!

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I wish I could get the game!

tylerliextacos
tylerliextacos

McDowell freaks me out ever since i even knew what A Clockwork Orange is...

vampyre_dark
vampyre_dark

Please. Please. PLEASE. Release a trailer video with Flair cutting a promo in here.

Dagamemonkey
Dagamemonkey

McDowell still has that "Kubrick stare" from the movie.

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

@ DemannameD: Yeah, I know--just picked his most recent and visible project. He's been in in 80-plus movies, and I am a big fan of If... and Clockwork Orange (which I own on Blu-ray).

Hekynn
Hekynn

Mcdowell does play a very good villian for any kind of game or movie :D

firedrakes
firedrakes

we just need the hulk hogan and we be set

darkdragonmage9
darkdragonmage9

lol flair I wonder if I'lll go WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

killa4lyfe
killa4lyfe

my "woo" will all of urs! cuz,,,,,, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO x INFINITE

xMADxDOGx
xMADxDOGx

it's not woooooo , it's banzaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

I haven't played a RTS in over a decade, but this news and most of what i've heard about the overall silliness of RA3 make me want to purchase it.

Taegre
Taegre

"NObody says WOOOOOOOOOO around here, except ME!"

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

To be the man wooooooooooooooooooooo you must beat the man

Maverick82102
Maverick82102

@ Inconnux Why must a policy be idiotic just because you don't like it?

Inconnux
Inconnux

Just another EA game that I will skip due to their idiotic DRM policies.

ocman1
ocman1

Plus, if you beat him in the game I will DEMAND that he does the Flair Flop and dives headfirst into the floor. Attention EA, next add on you could feature the "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. Could make for some awesome 1v1 cage matches.

Denji
Denji

Rick Flair? LMFAO YOU GOTTA BUILD A TANK CAUSE IF YOU DON'T BUILD ONE *does strut, elbow drops the floor* WOOOOO! YER GONNA DIE! As god as my witness YER GONNA DIE! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

tamd
tamd

thats kinda funny cast wrestling star caligula star dead or alive star

ocman1
ocman1

"MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAN.......... WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..... GENE." My favorite Flair-ism, besides his phallic reference to Space Mountain. LOL

GC4ever
GC4ever

LMAO!!!! Ric Flair!!!! WHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! that's great, i'd buy it just to see him act!!!! LOL WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

TheArcade
TheArcade

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

ocdog45
ocdog45

i can't wait to see that on youtube.

DBZ_RPGs
DBZ_RPGs

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!