Oldman, Harris confirmed for Call of Duty: Black Ops

World at War favourite and History of Violence star confirmed for Treyarch's shooter; Dark Knight scribe David S. Goyer helping with script and story.

True Crime, Spyro the Dragon, and Call of Duty: Black Ops all have one thing in common: Gary Oldman. Activision confirmed today that the Hollywood star, best known for his roles in Leon, True Romance and The Dark Knight would be returning to the Call of Duty franchise after voicing Viktor Reznov in Treyarch's previous entry, World at War.

Ed Harris has played military types before, such as in 1996's The Rock.

The megapublisher also confirmed that Ed Harris, known for his roles in such movies as The Right Stuff, The Rock, and National Treasure: Book of Secrets, as well as more substantive fare such as A History of Violence and A Beautiful Mind, would be voicing CIA operative Jason Hudson, one of the game’s main characters. Activision also said that support for the script and story scribes would be provided by FlashForward cocreator and comic book writer David S. Goyer. Goyer also wrote the scripts for critically acclaimed Batman reboot Batman Begins and the story for its sequel The Dark Knight.

Oldman is no stranger to video game projects, having first worked on Medal of Honor: Allied Assault in 2003. Since then, he has leant his voice to True Crime: Streets of LA and three separate Spyro The Dragon titles. Goyer contributed to the story of the Batman Begins game, while Black Ops is Harris' first game project.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is due out worldwide on November 9 and has not yet been officially rated by the ESRB or the BBFC.

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Blackops_2
Blackops_2

@Alex_09 Lets be honest. Cod is not a realism game in anyway. Sure they had the models right, and no duel wielding and decent plots back in the day. Yes i miss those days. But they've hardly ever been realistic. I mean if you wanna take it that far the Steyr aug, M4, famas, L85A1, and the Galil should all have the same amount of damage being that they fire the 5.56x45mm. I'll give you they should tighten up on the stories, while i liked MW2s cinematic feel it was over the top. While i dislike the duel wielding, flamethrower attachment, and most definitely the minigun, ill be getting this on PC so hopefully some admins will restrict those things. All in all Treyarch is doing well IMO very well. They're listening to their customers and putting a little innovation into CoD. I like the points system, contracts, and weapon/character customization. This has been the first CoD I've been literally excited for since CoD 4.

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

@Nikore Yeah, shouldn't forget Drexl even if his crazy ass doesn't live long. Great characters in that film for sure, in fact I think i'm gonna give it another watch since I've got sod all to do this afternoon.

isshiah
isshiah

i really liked oldmans accent as reznov. good to see him back. also, i can't wait for the sequel to the dark knight.

KillbombX
KillbombX

Hopefully Black Ops will have a coherent story unlike the mess that was MW2.

SkytheWiz1
SkytheWiz1

@Predator Rules LOL! I was kidding. But you do realize it's not "Harris Oldman," right?

Nikore
Nikore

@NeilCardiff Don't forget Drexl Spivey, the drug dealer from True Romance. Second best character in the movie (Brad Pitt as Floyd the stoned roommate is #1).

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

@KamikazeDonut Oldman is an amazing actor. He's played everything from Lee Harvey Oswald and Sid Vicious to Zorg, Dr Smith and even Dracula.

UxoriousLimited
UxoriousLimited

@KillerFetuss Gary Coleman's dead! But in my mind he's was still living. I'm pretty bummed out now...

TWayne1020
TWayne1020

This will help sell the game, this is great news !!!

SoNin360
SoNin360

Good voice acting is always a nice touch

Her0
Her0

I hope Kiefer Sutherland join them again. :)

mehrdad1987
mehrdad1987

Hell yeah, Ed Harris is wonderful, his role in Enemy at the Gate, was Completely Amazing.. and just Wonderful!

PredatorRules
PredatorRules

@SkytheWiz1 - dude even if you type in google Nicolas Cage and Harris Oldman it will instantly spawn you the name "The Rock" movie - which what I was meaning to

txgamerwavg
txgamerwavg

That will be cool voiceacting in this game.

KamikazeDonut
KamikazeDonut

Oldman was Reznov! He's a better actor then I thought.

PredatorRules
PredatorRules

He had played in some movie where he acts as a General that has taken biological missiles and threatends with attack, Nicolas Cage is also at that movie

Alex_09
Alex_09

@GunGriffin You couldn't be more wrong about Treyarch sadly, but I agree with you 100 per cent regarding MW2. I think that game's biggest failure was it focussed on being an arcade shooter rather than a military one. Dual shotguns and pistols reminded me of Goldeneye. According to Treyarch... Well let's get the stupidest crap out of the way now: Remote control car bombs are a popular special forces weapon(possible, but so is a contraption that suffocates your target with grass), the minigun is a handheld weapon(which you walk around with, along with all 400 rounds), a special ops soldier would choose an explosive crossbow to use on a covert mission, the spas 12 was commonly used in Vietnam(invented in 1979), and who knows what else they plan on adding. Already we've seen the return of Modern Warfare 2's HUD, point system, killstreak system, dual weapons, and many weapons that seem to have been copy and pasted into Black Ops(like the MP5, which is the exact same, the slightly different revolver, and the spas 12 which also looks the same). Since Infinity Ward has collapsed, Activision's hopes rest on Treyarch, and Treyarch obviously feels the pressure, and decided to throw authenticity out the window. I'm still hoping it's a good game, but this game will definitely be more like Modern Warfare than World at War unfortunately. Who would've thought Activision milking a series only once a year could be worse than doing so twice?

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Holy crap! I'm watching The Fifth Element right now! Gary Oldman rocks my socks.

giannhs2
giannhs2

is any beta for black ops???

Wam11
Wam11

@Gungriffin well said brother!

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Well in all honesty MW2 was lacking because A: The story was way over the top ingored the first games plot, and was off the deep end in CIA, and Right wing military jerk off fests. B: the MP was broken day one because IW, and Activison both choose to not even do a Beta and finally C: Because they had too many experimental weapons that are not even in use by the correct military forces in the game. Russians had P90s, FNALs, and G36s? Militas had: G19s, AK-47s (thier model looked like the AEK-97 BTW not real world AK-47s so that was also incorrect) FNALs............ I could list more and more here but I think you get the point, they dropped to much of the realisim and balance for the sake of noob toobs, and unballanced perks, as well as massive loads of bugs that should not have been in the final product. Nuff siad the SP was still fun, and the CO-OP was better then I expected but the rest brought it down like a ton of bricks IMHO. Trayarch knows better it's why they are doing a plausable story line, set in the cold war, IE a real time frame, not WW3, as well as the weapons, attachements, and even the MP features are ten times what we had in MW2.

noamize
noamize

i can't believe duke nukem forever will actually come out!!!-

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

O.o We have some CoD haters in the comments, just look at all those thumbs down!

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

"The Professional" is what "Leon" got called in America. It's "Leon" everywhere else. Films get renamed for American audiences for the way Americans interpret language in their culture. The main example is the American movie going public who were surveyed after "Henry V" who expressed their disappointment in missing the first 4 films.

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

Aren't Gamespot missing the most relevant game Oldman has voiced in relation to this article; World at War?!

infinitecrysis
infinitecrysis

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blakeney
blakeney

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pudgexd
pudgexd

Game would be very good but nothing too breathtaking , its just an improved version of COD6 , however Im still getting it because it's still worth buying for multiplayer gameplay.

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

They should've put Harris in Modern Warfare.

KitanaMaster
KitanaMaster

november 9th release date.........a perfect birthday present!!! lol i cant wait

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

Just pre-ordered this game yesterday!!! Come on NOV 9!!

Pete5506
Pete5506

Sounds like Treyarch is fixing all the problem that happen with MW2, now we just need a beta so they can fix out all the un-wanted glitches

adam-a
adam-a

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adam-a
adam-a

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blackfray
blackfray

Oldman is one of best actors out there ; i really don't get it that why directors don't use such a talented actor in their movies instead they give roles to some unknown and unprofessional actors... tell me why?!!!

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

I'm definitely interested in seeing how Rezov fits into the new story, especially if the Call of Duty Wiki page over at Wikia is right about him being with the American forces. That's going to take one HELL of a good story writer to make that make sense.

ptown58
ptown58

People still rag on video games even though their big time favorite stars are doing the voices for them.

organbank
organbank

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racer4ever123
racer4ever123

JACK BLACK AS THE MAIN CHARACTER!!!!!!!!!!!!

zeta
zeta

Perks......booooo

zync-
zync-

Mnnn i rly dont care if obama o Lady gaga re in the game unless u re enable to kill lady gaga.. for all is good Black ops With or Without This guys

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Gary Oldman is one of my favorite actors. Love that man. David Goyer is also pretty cool. I might pick this up now knowing he's writing the story.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

@Slayer70, "Leon" is the film's original title. More recently re-released as "Leon : The Professional". The blu-ray I have sitting on my shelf clearly states "Leon : The Professional". Maybe know what you're talking about for a change. In related news, Gary Oldman is, indeed, the poop.

Transparanoia
Transparanoia

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Slayer70
Slayer70

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