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Story of the Day 1/23/2014 Big Names Added to Voice Cast

Posted by Grakulen Thursday January 23 2014 at 4:14PM
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Earlier today Bethesda and Zenimax announced a number of top flight voice actors for their upcoming MMO Elder Scrolls Online. 

While it might be a stretch to refer to all of them as A list the majority of them are well respected actors with a number of accolades to their credit.

  • John Cleese (Monty Python Fame) plays Sir Cadwell, the cheerful and endearingly mad lost soul who is not afraid of anyone, even a Daedric Prince. 
  • Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean) portrays High King Emeric, a merchant prince whose luck and determination won him the throne. 
  • Kate Beckinsale (Underworldtakes on the role of Queen Ayrenn, the leader of the Aldmeri Dominion and Queen of the High Elves who is far more comfortable with a blade than her crown.
  • Alfred Molina (Spider Man 2) takes on the role of Abnur Tharn, a wily old wizard and politician who is the head of the Empire’s Elder Council, and the de facto power behind the Ruby Throne
  • Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman duuuh) plays Azura, the Daedric Princess of Dusk and Dawn from Skyrim who is a popular part of Elder Scrolls lore
  • Michael Gambon (Some dude named Dumbledore) voices The Prophet, a mysterious blind man who guides the player through their journey to retrieve their soul; and 
  • Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange. Says Totes a lot in Sprint commercials with Darth Vader) plays the key figure Molag Bal, an evil Daedric god from another plane who schemes to enslave the mortal souls of Tamriel.
  • Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) plays Jorunn the Skald King, an unexpected monarch who led his people into an unlikely alliance.
  • Jim Ward ("WALL·E," "Despicable Me 2") voices Mannimarco, a renegade High Elf wizard exiled from the realm for raising the dead and the world’s most powerful necromancer.
  • Jennifer Hale appears in the role of Lyris Titanborn, a Nord half-giant, who, along with the Prophet, aids the player on their journey.
  • Kevin Michael Richardson rounds out the cast as Sai Sahan a noble martial artist and master swordsman.
In addition the team behind ESO released a video interview with the majority of the actors. After watching it I'm pretty sure that Malcolm McDowell is possessed by Molag Bal, or who he likes to refer to as "Little Mo" a Demon God. 
 
This news posted earlier on our site lead to a flurry of back and forth from our community on the importance of voice acting in a MMORPG. A number of people have weighed in that they believe Zenimax wasted money on a part of the game many MMO players will just skip right over and that Zenimax could have used the resources on something better. On the other side of the coin we have the players that believe that Zenimax did a great thing in making sure Zenimax is taking care of the RPG in the MMORPG. 
 
Personally I like the choice. This is a game with a lot of lore looking to pull in players that enjoy RPGs but might be new to MMOs. Fleshing out ESO to be a great RPG and a great MMORPG only adds value to the product. What side of the fence do you find yourself on? Also what do you think of the casting decisions? Let us know in the comments below.
Gravarg writes: Once I saw this my faction changed.  As much as I always liked Orcs, I guess I'm going to have to be a High Elf.  Kate Beckinsale shall be my Queen :) Thu Jan 23 2014 6:01PM Report
Nemesis7884 writes: i dont know, i thought she was really the most boring uninspired person there that didnt really get into it...even the voice acting sounded pretty shallow. The old bonkers guys at least were having a good time... Thu Jan 23 2014 10:08PM Report
itchmon writes: Ginormous john Cleese fan here :) Thu Jan 23 2014 10:19PM Report
raynforce writes: John Cleese is a LEGEND! By far the biggest name on the list. I knew it was his voice when I saw Sir Cadwell and I was estatic about it (I really hope Sir Cadwell shows up again other than just the tutorial area) Watch any interview with Cleese and you will see he is also one of the funniest people on the planet. For you youngsters out there, he may not be familiar. He is best known as a member of Monty Python (comedy group) in movies like Quest for the Holy Grail, The Meaning of Life, and The Life of Brian (be warned, the Monty Python group were pioneers of seeing what contreversial things they could get away with on the big screen). Thu Jan 23 2014 11:59PM Report
atuerstar writes:

I truly hope - for the sake of fans - that not too many features were cut for this celebrity attention grab.

Fri Jan 24 2014 3:04AM Report

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