Willem Dafoe to costar in Beyond: Two Souls - Report

Source says 'Spider-Man,' 'Boondock Saints' actor to join Ellen Page in Quantic Dream's new PS3 game, more stars to be announced later.

Quantic Dream's upcoming narrative-focused PlayStation 3 game Beyond: Two Souls has tapped another Hollywood actor, according to a new report. BroGamer (via Games Industry International) cites a source saying the previously confirmed Ellen Page (Juno, Inception) will be joined by Spider-Man and The Boondock Saints actor Willem Dafoe. His role in the game is not known.

Is Willem Dafoe headed to Beyond?

Page provides the voice and likeness for Jodie Holmes, a mysterious young woman with powers, in Beyond: Two Souls. It is not known what role Dafoe might take, or if his likeness will feature in the game.

As of press time, Quantic Dream had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment regarding Dafoe's rumored inclusion in Beyond: Two Souls.

Dafoe is no stranger to gaming. The 56-year-old lent his voice and likeness to 2004's James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, in which he played an ex-KGB agent named Nikolai Diavolo. Additionally, Dafoe played The Green Goblin/Norman Osborn in 2002's Spider-Man: The Movie.

Beyond: Two Souls was announced during Sony's 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing earlier this month. Quantic Dream studio head David 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.

[UPDATE]: Quantic Dream has since stated that Willem Dafoe will not appear in the game.

[CORRECTION] A previous version of this story indicated Games Industry International was the source of the information. The actual source was BroGamer. GameSpot regrets the error.

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Ibra8
Ibra8

I want to see Tobin Bell in this game too

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

Hell Yeah! Can't wait for this game.

Elann2008
Elann2008

Yay!  This totally made we go from "not wanting to buy it because of Ellen Page" to... "buy it, love Willem Dafoe."  The Hunter movie was awesome!  You guys must watch..

lolnation
lolnation

Hopefully he will play a villain :)

Psycold
Psycold

and there was a FIREFIGHT!!!

tigertaru
tigertaru

I can't wait for the next announcement to be that an inappropriate and/or oddly chosen actor will co-star.  "Jean Claude Van Damme to co-star in Beyond" lol

J4m3sR4n0r72
J4m3sR4n0r72

Another great film that Dafoe appeared in: Inside Man starring Denzel Washington.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Great news. I hope it's true. I'd be really surprised if his likeness wasn't in the game given Quantic's desire to combine the voice recording and motion capture.

jark888
jark888

Introducing Hollywood stars in video game industry is really unprecedented(Brutal Legend isn't count because that's only voice acting). Way to go Quantic Dream!!!

wyan_
wyan_

Willem Dafoe and Ellen Page? Cool, but is there any money left in the budget for a game now?

sensesfail99
sensesfail99

Beyond Two Souls news just keeps getting better :) Im so excited for this game! This and Watch Dogs are top on my most wanted list now, surprisingly beating GTA5, Borderlands 2, Hitman Absolution, Tomb Raider, and The Last Of Us, which are all pretty darn amazing and have got me excited to play.

xdude85
xdude85

Sounds awesome to me, makes you wonder who else will be in Beyond.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I still remember watching the first Spider-Man film and thinking "yeah, this is okay", until Dafoe's character started arguing with himself in the mirror. It was the only time in the whole film he didn't upstage everyone else, because he was the only one in the scene :)

Agiel7
Agiel7

Ellen Page from Juno? Meh...

 

Willem Dafoe who was John Clark in Clear and Present Danger and  "Tiger" in Flight of the Intruder? Sign. Me. Up. My good sir.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

the last temptation of christ meets beyond: two souls = awesomeness

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

Now that's a reason to buy on the day of the release!

boll_sucks
boll_sucks

You seriously do not know who he's gonna be playing? Did you not recognise him as the SWAT captain in the footage?

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

William Dafoe is pretty damn awesome! I wonder what role he will play.

ShockSplicer
ShockSplicer

Wow, Willem Dafoe is only 56? That's... Unfortunate...

3D-quadros
3D-quadros

I prefer gameplay to the acting.

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

I liked in heavy rain he used unknown actors. Dont get me wrong, I love that Ellen Page is going to get a chance to show outside of her normal self, but Im worried that this might be an attempt to sell games in terms of forcing a star studded cast. That being said, I love Willem dafoe, the dude is freaking epic.

HiImUPSMan
HiImUPSMan

atleast theyre using real actors this time.

 

Heavy rain was a good game but the voice acting made it very hard to finish.

System4Ever
System4Ever

This game just went from "I gotta have it" to "must buy" ! gotta love  The Dafoe! :D

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

He's going to be the second soul - Duh!

FreakshowGamer
FreakshowGamer

This game is the turning point for acting performances in games and cinematic gameplay. I was sold with Ellen Page, but this took it a step further. How couldn't this be awesome when Quantic Dream's storytelling is blended into the mix?

Strydarr
Strydarr

This game just got even better. I love Dafoe!

doug123
doug123

Did you really just list two time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as "Boondock Saints" actor?

 

The man has delivered several masterful performances in his career and you pick that turd of a movie to identify him? Shame on you Eddie Makuch.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

Awesome! Is it going to say "Carson Clay" production at the beginning?

 

 

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

Genius, dadoe is awsome love the boondock saints he was creepy and bad ass at the same time.

RobertBowen
RobertBowen

Willem Dafoe is a great actor, and it would be great to see him get on board with this title.

 

Normally I'm not sure that video games really need high profile actors to voice the characters - many would do just as well with less well-known voice actors.  But for character-driven games like Beyond: Two Souls, which will focus more on the story and performances of the characters on screen, I think it is justified to use some of the best talent available.

 

How that impacts the eventual development budget is a concern, because higher costs require higher sales to break even - and that can often lead to compromises in other areas of the gameplay.

kohle36
kohle36

Wow, someone at Quantic is really on point these days. I just hope they don't go and muck it up with the 'additional Hollywood talent'. Imagine: Page, Dafoe, and...Reeves?? "Whoa" indeed.

Ringx55
Ringx55

Man, they are really bringing out the big guns for this game.

Integrated41
Integrated41

This is excellent news, excellent excellent excellent x 3

Stoopid_Fool
Stoopid_Fool

Alright now I actually might play this game.

Lhomity
Lhomity

This game just got more awesome. Dafoe is brilliant.

Johny_47
Johny_47

That's cool, I think he's got a really cool voice, I recognize it so easy when I hear it, it's like Morgan Freeman and the list goes on and on.

Stoopid_Fool
Stoopid_Fool

 @Elann2008

 the hunter is already out?  Wtf I've been lookin all over for that movie, looked fckin sick!

wyan_
wyan_

 @lolnation I could have sworn you said violin when I first read it.

Getbacktogaming
Getbacktogaming

 @boll_sucks ...hmmm nope, not at all. In fact I doubt that'd be him. Besides, the SWAT captain's facial animation was pretty plain (in the limited footage we saw this foor) compared to Ellen Page's and the Police officer doing the interrogation...

Getbacktogaming
Getbacktogaming

 @DevilD2005 Well hopefully the game does sell more so they can keep 'em coming! I don't see how we're losing anything... it's not like you can recognize the actors that much since they're sorta "digitized" and I'm sure Page will do a good job = )