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Stars Shoot for the Stars in Mass Effect 2

BioWare reveals a cast of familiar faces for the second chapter in its sci-fi RPG epic.

As if the nerd appeal of Mass Effect 2 weren't already burying the needle, today BioWare shed some more light on the game's voice cast, which is basically a murderer's row of sci-fi regulars and dependable character actors. Keith David (Men at Work, the second Westside Connection album) and Seth Green (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Make My Video, Old Dogs), whose characters return from the first game, are joined by Martin Sheen ( Apocalypse Now, Spawn), Shohreh Aghdashloo ("FlashForward", The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2), Yvonne Strahovski ("Chuck"), Adam Baldwin ("Firefly", My Bodyguard), Michael Dorn (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, Saints Row 2), Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”, Halo 3: ODST), Michael Hogan (“Battlestar Galactica”), and Carrie-Anne Moss ( The Matrix, "Models Inc").

That's a pretty solid cast, most of whom already have a fair amount of voice-over experience, but really, we're just happy that Keith David is back. Vinny points out that this video is basically the cast of Mass Effect 2. Also, Keith David's finest work. Enjoy.
 

  
Actually, scratch that. If Mass Effect 2 is going to take cues from anything, it should be this.
 
 
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Posted by Ryan

As if the nerd appeal of Mass Effect 2 weren't already burying the needle, today BioWare shed some more light on the game's voice cast, which is basically a murderer's row of sci-fi regulars and dependable character actors. Keith David (Men at Work, the second Westside Connection album) and Seth Green (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Make My Video, Old Dogs), whose characters return from the first game, are joined by Martin Sheen ( Apocalypse Now, Spawn), Shohreh Aghdashloo ("FlashForward", The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2), Yvonne Strahovski ("Chuck"), Adam Baldwin ("Firefly", My Bodyguard), Michael Dorn (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, Saints Row 2), Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”, Halo 3: ODST), Michael Hogan (“Battlestar Galactica”), and Carrie-Anne Moss ( The Matrix, "Models Inc").

That's a pretty solid cast, most of whom already have a fair amount of voice-over experience, but really, we're just happy that Keith David is back. Vinny points out that this video is basically the cast of Mass Effect 2. Also, Keith David's finest work. Enjoy.
 

  
Actually, scratch that. If Mass Effect 2 is going to take cues from anything, it should be this.
 
 
Edited by CL60

That is indeed a pretty solid cast.

Posted by Skald

Hell yeah! 
Icing on the cake!

Posted by ez123

Cool, I thought that the girl on the cover looks like the one from Chuck.

Posted by damswedon

that cast is quite something.
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Technically Martin Sheen is called Ramón Estévez.

Posted by fishmicmuffin

I wonder if Yvonne will be using her American accent or her real Australian one....
 
either way, this is awesome news.

Posted by Milkman

Men at Work is FAR from Keith David's best work. They Live, on the other hand....now that's quality.

Edited by Skald

They only character not voiced by a big name celebrity is: Shepard!


Posted by Oni_Evangelion

Cripple Fight!!!!

Posted by udabenshen

KEITH DAVID!  The voice of America.  At least according to Ken Burns documentaries.

Edited by Death_Burnout

Oh Keith David...you...knuckle head
 
Nice to see he's back.
 
Oh great, now i wanna see They Live to see what happens next

Posted by Wiseblood
@fishmicmuffin said:
" I wonder if Yvonne will be using her American accent or her real Australian one....  either way, this is awesome news. "
Aussie.
Posted by zombie2011

What about Nolan North? No game can be made nowadays without him.

Posted by warxsnake

Jayne Cobb in Mass Effect 2 fuck yeah

Posted by Evilsbane

That fight scene from They Live is Epic.
Posted by Ghostiet

Dorn and Sheen gave me a boner.

Posted by TheKidNixon
@fishmicmuffin said:
" I wonder if Yvonne will be using her American accent or her real Australian one....  either way, this is awesome news. "
Based on the video now on GameSpot, seems Australian.
Posted by skrutop

So Tricia's keeping up her sci-fi geek goddess rep, eh?  Battlestar Gallactica, Chuck, Warehouse 13, Halo: ODST, Starcraft 2, and now ME2.

Posted by Rasgueado

Man... the midi sax sound on the intro music to They Live is *really* bad.

Posted by Veektarius

Who does Michael Hogan play?  He's the man.

Posted by Venatio

Nice, sounds like a good cast

Posted by spiceninja

So where is Bruce Campbell as the slick womanizing alien?

Posted by Metal_Mills

Day 1.
Edited by Death_Burnout

Fuck it, im now watching the infamous They Live on youtube
 
Dude this movie is awesome!

Posted by Wiseblood
@Metal_Mills said:
"
Day 1. "
"Ashley...I think we should see other people."
Posted by demonbear

Holy Shit Colonel Tigh is in there!! YEAAAAH!!!

Posted by Linkyshinks

This is all good as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by wafflestomp

I can't wait for Mass Effect 2. Now it has Yvonne? Awesome.

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Posted by MeatSim

 Keith David is Oscar Mike in space!!!!

Posted by HatKing

Martin Sheen?  That is fucking weird.  Also totally awesome.  Can't wait! :D
Posted by AndrooD2

They don't make fight scenes like that anymore. Wait. Did they ever make fight scenes like that?

Posted by skidd
@fishmicmuffin said:
" I wonder if Yvonne will be using her American accent or her real Australian one....  either way, this is awesome news. "
I'd assume Australian. Im pretty sure she did for the same character in Mass Effect Galaxy anyway
Posted by asdfghasdf

Yvonne Strahovski and Adam Baldwin? That's pretty damn awesome. If only more people watched Chuck. :(

Posted by captainawesomo

Now that DK is on board there is sure to be some good Oscar Mike moments in ME2!

Posted by MachoFantastico

No one, and I mean NO ONE messes with Keith David.

Posted by GunstarRed

Keith David can be a stop motion cat and still be the manliest of men!
Posted by TheGTAvaccine

They Live is fucking amazing. Watched it a couple months back.

Posted by Babylonian

Seth Green (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Make My Video, Old Dogs) "
 
This is why I motherfucking love Ryan Davis.

Posted by ImperiousRix

Somebody get on making the Martin Sheen page QUICK!

Posted by Gary_Gannon

Its great to see more and more game companies ponying up the cash for professional voice actors...it just makes the experience that much more engrossing...hire the pros!...now if the movie studios making video games based on films could only figure this out and hire great devs to stop making terrible tie ins...Avatar anyone? :/   
 
Fast Forward to Jan 26th plz :)

Posted by ZombiePie

Martin Sheen? Weird, and his role in Mass Effect is "The Illusive Man."

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Posted by piderman
@Gary_Gannon said:
" Its great to see more and more game companies ponying up the cash for professional voice actors...it just makes the experience that much more engrossing...hire the pros!...now if the movie studios making video games based on films could only figure this out and hire great devs to stop making terrible tie ins...Avatar anyone? :/    Fast Forward to Jan 26th plz :) "
They're not professional voice actors, they're professional screen actors. There's a huge difference. And you can have unkown actors as great voice actors. See The Incredibles, Up etc. :)
Posted by Ubiquitous

Ahhhh They Live is one of my all time favorite movies.

Posted by blaakmawf

never put the glasses on

Posted by DukeTogo
@piderman said:
" @Gary_Gannon said:
" Its great to see more and more game companies ponying up the cash for professional voice actors...it just makes the experience that much more engrossing...hire the pros!...now if the movie studios making video games based on films could only figure this out and hire great devs to stop making terrible tie ins...Avatar anyone? :/    Fast Forward to Jan 26th plz :) "
They're not professional voice actors, they're professional screen actors. There's a huge difference. And you can have unkown actors as great voice actors. See The Incredibles, Up etc. :) "
Except for the fact that the Incredibles and Up had professional actors, like every Disney production has had for decades.
Posted by Ryan
@piderman said:
" @Gary_Gannon said:
" Its great to see more and more game companies ponying up the cash for professional voice actors...it just makes the experience that much more engrossing...hire the pros!...now if the movie studios making video games based on films could only figure this out and hire great devs to stop making terrible tie ins...Avatar anyone? :/    Fast Forward to Jan 26th plz :) "
They're not professional voice actors, they're professional screen actors. There's a huge difference. And you can have unkown actors as great voice actors. See The Incredibles, Up etc. :) "
Usually I'd agree with you, but if you look at their IMDb pages, most of these known screen actors also have extensive voice-acting experience. Just because they're well-known for one skill doesn't automatically disqualify them from excelling at another.
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@Veektarius said:

" Who does Michael Hogan play?  He's the man. "

Gods damn right he is...
Posted by buzz_clik

I could watch that fight sequence for the rest of my life. It's criminal that They Live still hasn't seen an Australian release on DVD.
 
@Rasgueado said:

" Man... the midi sax sound on the intro music to They Live is *really* bad. "
That's John Carpenter you're talking smack on.
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Posted by Jimbo

Putting famous screen actors / celebrities in games annoys me, I seem unable to connect them to their character and just keep thinking of them as themselves or whatever role they're famous for.  Doesn't happen with game voice talent though, so here's hoping the lovely Jennifer Hale is back.

Posted by Red

That is an awesome cast.

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