Susan Sarandon, John Slattery and Lena Headey Go Virtual in ‘Dishonored’ Video Game
Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, has once again turned to Hollywood to breathe life into its virtual characters. Developer Arkane Studios has enlisted Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon; Golden Globe winner Brad Dourif; Emmy Award nominees Carrie Fisher and John Slattery; Michael Madsen and Lena Headey to voice characters in the upcoming first-person adventure game Dishonored.
“Having such talented actors voice Dishonored's compelling cast of characters adds a rich, powerful element to the game,” said Raphaël Colantonio, president of Arkane Studios. “We want to draw people into this virtual world and make it feel real. This celebrated cast adds wonderful depth and credibility to the overall Dishonored gameplay experience."
The new game, which ships for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 9, puts players in control of Corvo, a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. Dishonored gives players the chance to eliminate enemies using a flexible combat system that combines supernatural abilities and numerous weapons. Gamers can pursue targets under the cover of darkness or boldly attack with weapons drawn. The choices playersmake will control each mission and the game's ultimate conclusion.
Sarandon will make her videogame debut as the former aristocrat, Granny Rags – an intriguing old blind woman now deranged after years of street life. Dourif takes on the role of the inventor Piero, creator of the iconic mask worn by Corvo as well as a wealth of gadgets Corvo can use. Meanwhile, Fisher can be heard broadcasting government propaganda over loudspeakers throughout the city of Dunwall, where the game is set.
The all-star cast continues with Slattery, who takes on the role of Admiral Havelock, a Loyalist who helps Corvo on his quest, as well as Madsen who brings his videogame voiceover experience to the role of Daud, a mysterious assassin. Chloë Grace Moretz portrays Young Lady Emily, the Empress’ daughter who is kidnapped after her mother’s death while Headey joins the cast as Calista, Emily’s caretaker.
In addition to the star-studded voice cast, Composer Daniel Licht (Dexter) lends his musical talents to create the game’s original score.