Bethesda reveals Christopher Plummer, Max Von Sydow, and Joan Allen will all lend their voices to upcoming open-world role-playing game.
Elder Scrolls fans holding out hope of hearing the soothing deep bass of British acting legend Patrick Stewart in the next instalment of the role-playing franchise will have to brace themselves for disappointment, as Bethesda has announced an entirely new cast of film, TV, and theatre actors who will lend their voices to the upcoming Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
The new cast will include Academy Award nominees Max Von Sydow, Joan Allen, and Christopher Plummer. Plummer (The Sound of Music, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) is a two-time Emmy Award winner, a two-time Tony Award winner, and an Academy Award nominee. He will take on the role of Arngeir, a powerful Greybeard elder part of an order of philosopher monks who live in silent isolation on Skyrimís largest mountain.
Von Sydow (The Exorcist, Minority Report) will star as Esbern, a chronicler and agent of the Blades who has survived in hiding. Allen (The Contender, The Bourne Ultimatum) will make her gaming debut as Delphine, one of the last remaining members of the Blades, an ancient warrior society once sworn to protect the emperor.
Bethesda also revealed others who will round out the 70-strong voice cast for Skyrim: actress and singer Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), who will voice Nord hero Gormlaith Golden-Hilt; Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica), who will voice Imperial General Tullius, in charge of crushing the Stormcloak rebellion; Vladimir Kulich (The 13th Warrior, Smoking Aces), who will play Hogan's nemesis, Ulfric Stormcloak; Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), who will play Legate Rikke, General Tullius' chief lieutenant; Diane Louise Salinger (Carnivale); Renee Victor (Weeds); and George Coe (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Saturday Night Live).
For more on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim--due out on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on November 11--check out GameSpot's most recent preview of the game and the live stage demo from the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, embedded below.
im yet to buy a game where the stars have drawn me to it, but actors who have unique or powerful voices to lend to a game definitely enhance it. think about it, any game with great gameplay, graphics, story etc could be let down and feel flimsy due to terrible voice acting. the same can go with all those other elements but still it makes a world of difference for the experience. sean bean as martin in oblivion? hells yeah
@mer1in79 I don't know man, I just didn't recognize it. As you can see everyone is disliking my post so I might as well disappear ;)
@AuronAXE What do you mean you didn't know it was Patrick Stewart at the start of Oblivion it even sounds like the start of StarTrek the next generation when he says "These are the closing days of the Third era", all it needed was the stardate and it would of been Captain Picard.
i bet you will still get two people standing next to each other with either the same voice or uttering the same line or both together it's a problem all rpg's have with npc's but still 70 actors and obviously a lot will be doing different voices so fingers crossed.Christ and whats star power got to do with anything i've yet to buy a game due to who's voice or likeness is used in it in fact it can go both ways Vin Diesel anyone Chronicles of Riddock good Wheel Man poor same bloke but it's was the game-play,story that made the game not the voice,actor on the box.
The only problem with Oblivion was the same six voice actors of the game. After hearing the same voice acting in the game, I jumped off the highest mountain in Bruma I could find! I was free falling for about 20seconds and instantly killed myself! At least the pain was gone.. After reloading I decieded to just explore and talk to no one. Thank goodness they have fixed this very anoying problem!!!! Can not wait for Skyrim!
I actually think Plummer and Von Sydow have more star power than Patrick Stewart and Sean Bean. It's just that the latter two that were in Oblivion have more geek star power.
Not as much star power as Oblivion but they will probably still do well. I'm still blown away by Brotherhood's VAs.
I remember playing Oblivion, and I walked straight until i could find the end of the map... It took too long.... I got lost... I knew it was a big world.... I got so freaking scared LOL XD
I've waited so long for a new Elder Scrolls game. Now, I have to sit down and work and realise I have to wait another month =(
lol anyone ever notice that the one voice actor in Oblivion, sounds like the actor who does Frylock from ATHF? I looked up his name, its not in the credits. They used that voice over for atleast 2 dozen different characters. Ha!
Finally the voices won't be a chore to listen to! :D Maybe I'll actually listen to what everyone's saying instead of reading it as fast as possible and skipping the spoken dialogue. Can't wait for the release. It seems like Bethesda is really going the extra mile to make this one legendary. Even more legendary than the previous ones.
@renegade_magnum Yes!! i have to admit im a Patrick Stewart fan, his stardom has reached infinite proportional value and not just in the usa now hes everywhere!! "your so money supermarket" so yes im not surprised he wont be returning, wasn't he narrating in castlevania too ?? :)
After watching the Seventh Seal ages ago, I thought Max was one actor that would get a lot of recognition.
Hell yeah! Max Von Sydow! He is amazing. Good that they have so many voice actors this time around, got boring to hear same voices over and over in Oblivion.
Sweet, one Swede :D A good set of actors :) meaning I recognize most of them :P and it's really good to see that Bethesda learned from Morrowind and Oblivion that 10 - voice actors isn't enough for an entire world.
If I saw the names "J.K. Simmons" or "Stephan Merchant" on that list, I would break into Bethesda and steal the games.
Christopher Plummer is an excellent choice. Right up the with Sean Bean from Oblivion and Liam Neeson from Fallout 3. Good job Bethesda.The legacy continues.
Good! Cause It killed me hearing the same voices recycled in Oblivion. Than you had the Bi-polar characters. The crazy guy in the town would come to you freaking out, but once you changed the line of questioning, he was calm as a hindu cow with a whole new voice, only to go back to rambling on...(it was like that everywhere). @AuronAXE: Yeah, they should really run the credits in the beginning of the game like a movie. After all, that's kinda the feel skyrim gives off anyway.
I love Michael Hogan! In any case, AMAZING voice acting cast--almost at Mass Effect's level, but not quite. In any case, I'm just glad they've more than ten voice actors this time. But, man! I REALLY can't wait for Skyrim.
Holy crap YES!!!!! Vladimir Kulich ftw! He should have a character model made of him. He looks like a nord. http://trialx.com/curetalk/wp-content/blogs.dir/7/files/2011/04/gcelebrities/Vladimir_Kulich-2.gif
soooooo hyped for this game...cant wait, my hands are twitching in desperation @FoeCrusher Are you joking? i would give Bethesda my bank details if that was the only way i could play this game @elancion looks like a great game also...but this is Skyrim
@Fogshie7277 ...of night. The Elder Scrolls themselves can pierce the veil. They offer a view of the flux of Time itself. The prophet who reads the scroll sees one version of what might be. Another prophet might have a different vision with equal veracity. The price for insight is the reader's sight. He is struck blind and...
@Fogshie7277 The Elder Scrolls are Aedric Prophecies of unknown origin and quantity, the Elder Scrolls (whence the series takes its name) are, simultaneously, archives of both historic and future events. Any person gifted with prescient powers is able to interpret the contents of the Elder Scrolls with practice. The information revealed about the future is never absolute. Once an event foretold within the scrolls is carried out in the world it becomes fixed within them. Such insight into the inner fabric of reality comes at a price, however, as each new foretelling and interpretation strikes the reader with blindness for a greater period of time, while simultaneously granting them a broader view of the scroll's contents. Ultimately, the reader, having engaged in frequent acts of prophecy, is left bereft of their vision, forever after removed of their right to read the scrolls. By time-honored tradition only those of The Cult of the Ancestor Moth may read from the scrolls, the younger members caring for the elder as they gradually lose their sight for eternity. The prophecies of the Elder Scrolls and the Heroes are interdependent; one cannot exist without the other.
@Fogshie7277 Actually the game involves The Elder Scrolls! In Oblivion you actually had a mission where u had to steal one of The Elder Scrolls. But the story of each The Elder Scrolls game it's like a written on one of those Elder Scrolls! This is actually how they gave the name and every Elder Scroll tells the story from that particular period of time when the games are set.
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