Modern Warfare 2 casts Keith David, Kevin McKidd

Halo 3 actor, Rome star join Saving Private Ryan's Barry Pepper on board Infinity Ward's next Call of Duty game; actor Craig Fairbrass' return may shed light on plot.

August began with reports that rapper 50 Cent had joined the voice cast of the oft-retitled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Today, Infinity Ward director of communications Robert Bowling revealed several more actors who will appear in the highly anticipated sequel, which GameStop executives are predicting could be the best-selling console game of all time.

Via his Twitter feed, which he also used to unveil the $150 Prestige Edition's night-vision goggle pack-in and Mad Catz MW2-branded controller--Bowling today confirmed that the "final voice work" of five actors is currently being put into the game, due out November 10 worldwide.

First up is Keith David, a familiar voice to many gamers. David lent his distinctive baritone to the Arbiter in Halo 2 and 3, Captain Anderson in Mass Effect, gang boss Julius in Saints Row 1 and 2, Lord Vekk in Lords of EverQuest, Vhailor in PlaneScape: Torment, and Decker in the original Fallout. A stage veteran and prolific character actor, David also appeared in such films as Requiem for a Dream, They Live, and Platoon.

Bowling also confirmed Modern Warfare 2 will feature Kevin McKidd, who was the voice of Love Fist rocker Jezz Torrent in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, his only prior game appearance. The Scottish actor's breakthrough role was the doomed junkie Tommy in the cult film Trainspotting, but he has since made a bigger mark on television. He played fallen centurion Lucius Vorenus in HBO's lavish series Rome, was the lead in the canceled NBC sci-fi show Journeyman, and currently has a recurring part on Grey's Anatomy, though he does not appear in Ubisoft's game adaption.

Also on board is Barry Pepper, who most recently voiced Alex Mercer in another Activision game, top June title Prototype. The Canadian actor is best known for his role as the bible-quoting American sniper in Saving Private Ryan and also appeared in the war epics We Were Soldiers and Flags of our Fathers. Pepper, additionally, has the dubious distinction of being the lead in Battlefield Earth, regarded as one of the worst films ever made.

Also on the voice roster is American character actor Glenn Morshower, who was last seen in the summer blockbuster Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Though he's appeared in nearly 150 television shows and films, his highest profile role was the secret service agent Aaron Pierce in several seasons of 24. He reprised the part in the 2006 game adaptation of the Fox television series.

The last name Bowling revealed is the least known--but might have the most information about Modern Warfare 2's plot. British thespian Craig Fairbrass is also appearing in the game, two years after he voiced the SAS commando Gaz in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Problem is, Gaz was shot in the head with a Desert Eagle toward the end of the fourteenfold-platinum actioner, meaning his appearance may be a flashback--or Gaz had the good fortune to survive a high-caliber head wound.

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TheRealUser101
TheRealUser101

Modern Warfare 3 is currently in development by Infinity Ward with assisted development from Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software. All in all, Modern Warfare 3 needs 3 development teams to get the job done; including all the MW3 weapons, perks, etc.

Blythe31
Blythe31

Love all the voice actors except for 50cent. I hope he doesn't have a prominent role. I'll feel like a total tool if I get into the story and 50 cent comes on with his pop culture ghetto slang encouraging me to continue shooting people in various aggro parts of the world.

AuronTsubaki85
AuronTsubaki85

With a cast like Kevin McKidd, Keith David, Barry Pepper. This might be an interesting game. 50 cent? They could of brought in Ice-T, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges or Ice Cube if they were going to put a rapper in it.

AdrianR
AdrianR

Keith David has done phenomenal work in the past. I couldn't be happier to see the guy on board. Stern voice - the way he voices the Captain in Mass Effect is awesome. Really glad to see his role in MW2. Kudos to Keith David. Fail on 50 Cent. 50?? Really...? Bleh. I have never enjoyed any of 50 roles in any films. Especially righteous kill? what a joke of a film that was. He ended up playing himself. Plus the director was lame too. Oh well - this game is gonna r0xs0rz anyway. w00p.

acf_barnard
acf_barnard

i predict a similar future to that which MW1 enjoyed if you go into any shop i swear they'll make you pay more for COD4 than COD5 no joke now that is an amazing testament to how good MW1 is !!

bobbo888
bobbo888

I think that puttin 50 cent in the games pretty sick. What's wrong with putting one of the biggest rap stars of all time in a game? I'm sure he was just as hard to get as Keith David.

tntgrunge5
tntgrunge5

i hope 50 cent play some enemie who dies.

acer_062
acer_062

50 cent ... I'll do it for a quarter!!! Call me Infinity....

FartMonkey65
FartMonkey65

50 cent. really. they' re seriously putting 50 cent in a call of duty game. But if anyone could pull it off, it's infinity ward.

LOVERPS3
LOVERPS3

no doubt>>>i will buy it_+ i love you ps3_+

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

Intrakitt said: "This really isn't a good cast. Keith David has been in a crapload of games already so how hard was it to really get him on board? I think they could have done a lot better." He's probably been in a "crapload of games" because he's *that* good (and not *that* cheap, as I'm sure some cynic will put forth), you know. So I will have to respectfully disagree with your assessment of Mr. David's talents and whether they are needed in this game...however, I'm totally on board with your call on 50 Cent. They really could and should have done better. -=x

Iron_dawg
Iron_dawg

aw i love keith david man he did a dam good julius in saints row

TheBlackSpeed
TheBlackSpeed

Keith David. HAVE to have his unique voice. This game is going to be so realistic..

DPhunkT
DPhunkT

...but still no Keifer Sutherland. Whats with IW?!

Me-AhMaD
Me-AhMaD

it is the best game in the world ....

advocacy
advocacy

Damn good voices, all of them. Especilly Lucius Vorenus and freakin' Vhailor (Spirit of Batman animating an armor suit!).

xthabeast
xthabeast

AWESOME. Once again this will be Game Of The Year and beat CoD4MW as #1 best selling FPS :D

Blackreaper95
Blackreaper95

Multipalyer in COD games has always been the best part anyone else notice that the guy giving you order is Soap Mctavish form COD4 a.k.a you

darkdaej
darkdaej

Somehow, I am expecting disappointment. The multiplayer will be good, as MW showed 2 years back, but most likely the singleplayer will be the eternal no-AI, memorize-the-level-like-you-did-with-NES-games Call of Duty fare...

-Elite
-Elite

I'd like to be able to play as Gaz in MP. This game is gonna be the best-selling game of all time! Or close to that...

techzilla77
techzilla77

Kieth David's voice is Epic. I am dying for this game. Pheeww I can't wait no longer.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

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thelool
thelool

i cant wait to have it ^_^

Clive-Owen
Clive-Owen

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Rigges
Rigges

think they already mentioned the story wouldn't be much longer than cod4, but hell I'm still playing cod4 and it wasn't for the story haha

fanboy_killa
fanboy_killa

i loved keith david in Something About Mary...i forgot he was in They Live....gosh, i'm old too FBIoh3

kingNael96
kingNael96

i hope the story is longer unlike cod4

smghottie
smghottie

" Pepper, additionally, has the dubious distinction of being the lead in Battlefield Earth, regarded as one of the worst films ever made. " hahahaa very true. Basically giant jamaican aliens + John Travolta

dav_528
dav_528

"-or Gaz had the good fortune to survive a high-caliber head wound." lol. probably voicing a new npc or a flashback

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

that's cool, all good actors, I can't wait to get this game, gonna be a must have

IgotEpixx
IgotEpixx

If you watch the Story Trailer again, you can see the Gun was not DIRECTLY above Gaz's head, perhaps he was shot in the back?

Intrakitt
Intrakitt

There's no way someone can survive a Desert Eagle round to the back of the head like Gaz took. It's impossible. Do you know what a DE round would do to your face? Split! The guy will most likely play a different character. That's what a good voice actor does, right? This really isn't a good cast. Keith David has been in a crapload of games already so how hard was it to really get him on board? I think they could have done a lot better...and 50 Cent? Come on now Infinity Ward. You used to be the epitome of a quality developer, but your choices for voices in MW2 are just retarded. Oh well, I'm sure the game will still be great but I better have the option to turn the voice volume down. I refuse to listen to 50 Cent speak. That guy is poison.

BattleSword1
BattleSword1

Good, Infinity Ward! Now cast Ron Perlman.

FBIoh3
FBIoh3

Keith David was also in a Steven Seagal movie, Marked for Death i think. god im old ;}

tjoklee
tjoklee

what about captain price ? what about his bushy moustache ? please tell me he's coming back....

MaltaDrummer
MaltaDrummer

these casts are awesome. they only ****ed up when they chose 50 cent. wtf

theholyemu
theholyemu

@mistaicyfresh11 You know there is such a thing as a comma? Anyways, the game I'm on the fence for this one. Like most first-person shooters and the call of duty series in general, it looks a LOT like the original, but I thought about it and I have liked all of them so far except Big Red One and COD3.

mustaf_nur89
mustaf_nur89

I wonder if he uses slang and kills the game

bigplay27
bigplay27

That's a multi-millon dollar retard to you.

railroberto2007
railroberto2007

why the hell did they pick 50 cent. im thinking of not buying. rappers are rtards

cube-gage
cube-gage

Cant wait for this. And yes, ive followed Call Of Duty through every game, im not just one of these COD4 babies. And for me, the campaign mode is the most important thing. Multiplayer is a bonus but not as important as story mode IMO. I cant believe so many people jump straight into online mode these days without even finishing single player. That makes me sick, friggin short attention span people have nowadays.

Metronome1982
Metronome1982

If anyone wants to see graig fairbrass (GAZ),in a true story, british gansta flick,look up "RISE OF THE FOOT SOLDIER" very good film,he plays someone called PAT TATE,i was very close to him and his family.

Leejjohno
Leejjohno

If anybody in that game was hard enough to take a .50 Desert Eagle round to the head and live, it was Gaz.

russell452
russell452

50 cent better not ruin this game what a stupid casting

djmusmc
djmusmc

Fiddy Cent voice acting? I guess it'll be ok as long as my soldier don't sag and floss gold chains and tims :)