A veritable who’s who of people you sort of recognise, Skyrim’s voice cast appears to promise the starriest Elder Scrolls yet. We already know about Max Von Sydow, but just announced are the excellent Joan Allen and Christopher Plummer, plus a raft of cult TV familiar faces. Battlestar’s grumpy boozehound Saul Tigh is in there, Bablyon 5’s Claudia Christian turns up, and best of all is Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter.
Plus some other guys! Yessir, those are some people’s voices alright. Full details below.
Christopher Plummer will play Arngeir, “a powerful Greybeard elder. An order of philosopher monks who are masters of the Way of the Voice, the Greybeards live in silent isolation atop Skyrim’s largest mountain.”
Max Von Sydow’s role is revealed to be”Esbern, a chronicler and agent of the Blades who has survived in hiding. Long obsessed with the foretold return of the dragon Alduin, the World Eater, Esbern will teach you how to confront this epic evil.”
Joan Allen, who I’d have previously thought might be Too Good For This Sort Of Thing, “will be making her videogame debut as Delphine, one of the last remaining members of the Blades – an ancient warrior society once sworn to protect the Emperor. Like you, Delphine is trying to unravel the mystery of the dragons’ return.”
Wonder Woman, meanwhile, plays Gormlaith Golden-Hilt, “one of the Nord heroes who overthrew the dragons in ancient times.” She may have some exposition to offer, I suspect.
Then there are these lot:
· Michael Hogan (“Battlestar Galactica”), who plays Imperial General Tullius, in charge of crushing the Stormcloak rebellion.
· Vladimir Kulich (“The 13th Warrior,” “Smoking Aces”) portrays Hogan’s nemesis Ulfric Stormcloak, Jarl of Windhelm and charismatic leader of the Stormcloaks, who aims to make Skyrim independent of the Empire.
· Claudia Christian (“Babylon 5”) joins the cast as Legate Rikke, General Tullius’s chief lieutenant, a loyal Imperial officer as well as a Nord who firmly believes Skyrim must remain part of the Empire.
· Diane Louise Salinger (“Carnivale”), Renee Victor (“Weeds”), and Saturday Night Live-alum George Coe (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) round out the star-studded cast of more than 70 different voice actors delivering over 60,000 lines of dialogue.
Sounds like a distinguished cast and that bodes well for good performances – traditionally TES’ weak point. I’m still very, very afraid they’ll bring back the guy who played Brother Jauffre, though.
In other scrolltastic news, Minecraft-maker Notch earlier today tweeted that his legal argy-bargy with Bethesda over his attempt to trademark the name ‘Scrolls’ and their claim that this threatens their ‘Elder Scrolls’ trademark will indeed go to court. Every other site has made that nine-word tweet the basis of a news story in its own right, because that’s how the internet works now.