Zenimax Online has today unveiled who exactly will be voicing their biggest character in the upcoming MMO The Elder Scrolls Online, which includes a large list of names like John Cleese (best known for Monty Python and Faulty Towers) and Kate Beckinsale ("The Aviator," "Pearl Harbor") among a number of other star-studded cast.
Usually the MMO genre doesn't bring this big of a casting (looking at you World of Warcraft and Chris Metzen) but it seems Zenimax and Bethesda aren't ones to play down the importance of proper voice acting for their Elder Scrolls series, so on with the list:
John Cleese plays Cadwell, the cheerful and endearingly mad lost soul who is not afraid of anyone, even a Daedric Prince. Joining the cast as High King Emeric, Bill Nighy portrays a merchant prince whose luck and determination won him the throne. Kate Beckinsale takes 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.
In addition, Alfred Molina 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 plays Azura, the Daedric Princess of Dusk and Dawn from Skyrim who is a popular part of Elder Scrolls lore. Michael Gambon voices The Prophet, a mysterious blind man who guides the player through their journey to retrieve their soul; and Malcolm McDowell plays the key figure Molag Bal, an evil Daedric god from another plane who schemes to enslave the mortal souls of Tamriel.
Other mentions include Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) as Jorunn the Skald King, Kevin Michael Richardson as Sai Sahan, Jim Ward ("WALL·E," "Despicable Me 2") as Mannimarco, a renegade High Elf wizard and Jennifer Hale appears in the role of Lyris Titanborn, a Nord half-giant.
"This extraordinary group of actors helps bring the distinctive characters in The Elder Scrolls Online to life," said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. "In The Elder Scrolls tradition, we sought world class talent to add a deep and enriching component to the immersive world the series offers players."
To help visualise and give a bit of insight a new behind-the-scenes video has been released alongside the announcement, which you can check out below. The Elder Scrolls Online will be hitting PC on April 4th, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One getting theirs come June 2014.