Somewhere around the time that I found out Emma Stone and Tom Wilkinson would be providing voices for Square-Enix's not-True Crime game Sleeping Dogs, I got the distinct feeling that we were on the verge of another celebrity voice acting boom in games. Sure, major actors have been collecting paychecks via video games for ages now, but outside of a few Rockstar titles and other outliers, it's rare to see them descend en masse for a game that isn't licensed to some movie they're already working on.
So bully to Bethesda for plunking down the cash to cobble together what looks like an all-star cast for Dishonored, Arkane Studios' upcoming first-person stealth action game. The cast includes such luminaries as Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise, The Witches of Eastwick), Chloë Grace Moretz (Let Me In, Hugo), and Carrie Fisher, who I think was in one of those Star Trek movies.
Other actors joining the cast include recognizable character actor Brad Dourif (Dune, Deadwood), Game of Thrones villainess Lena Headey, Mad Men star John Slattery, and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Bloodrayne), who gamers have undoubtedly encountered in numerous games before, given that he'll show up just about anywhere so long as there are enough zeroes on the check.
It's a strong cast that, of course, doesn't mean a whole lot unless the voice performances are strong. After all, how many times have we heard about some major actor joining a game, only to find they've phoned it in? Still, it's a good cast, and it's entirely exciting to see an actress of Sarandon's caliber working on a game like this. And honestly, who doesn't love Brad Dourif? Jerks, that's who.
Dishonored is due out this October.