Some of the most respected actors in Hollywood are finding that video games are a serious medium for storytelling and that they offer a unique opportunity to explore new and interesting characters.
With improved technology also comes greater innovation, and some actors and their likeness are appearing in games, almost indistinguishable from the real person.
Here are the videos games that feature famous actors.
Charles Dance – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Charles Dance is best known for his role in Game of Thrones, Lord Tywin Lannister. In this role, he is intelligent and steadfast, yet also ruthless in action. He is a man that recognizes the importance of control and recognition of his family name. Perhaps this is why he received the role of Emhyr var Emreis, the Emperor of Nilfgaard, who is the primary antagonist in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Norman Reedus – Death Stranding
Norman Reedus is best known for his role as Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead. He is also a favorite of video game creator Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid Series. In his first forway after being ousted by Konami before the release of Metal Gear Solid V, Kojima put together a new creative team and cast Norman in the role of Sam Porter Bridges in Death Stranding. Like many of his previous roles, Norman plays someone who is quiet, contemplative, and inventive.
Kit Harington – Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Another Game of Thrones actor joins our list. Kit Harington who played Jon Snow in GoT takes on the role of Admiral Salen Kotch in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, a game that takes the series hundreds of years into the future during a war for control of the solar system. Here, Kit Harington plays the antagonist, yet he is still a leader and an outlaw.
Liam Neeson – Fallout 3
Liam Neeson is nothing short of a national treasure, having played everything from Jesus to a man with a particular set of skills that ends with rooms full of dead bodies. In fallout 3, Liam Neeson took on quite the significant role as the Lone Wanderer’s father, James. The character of James bears some visual likeness to Liam, but it was his stand, behaviors, and traits that designers found most important to replicate.
Kiefer Sutherland – Metal Gear Solid V
Kiefer Sutherland spent years playing Agent Jack Bauer of CTU (Counter Terrorism Agency) in 24. When Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain came knocking, Sutherland slipped effortlessly into the role of the combat medic turned mercenary commander. No stranger to the video game industry, Sutherland has also been involved with 24: The Game, Call Of Duty: World At War, and Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Kristen Bell – Assassin’s Creed II
Kristen Bell of The Good Place fame, among many other starring roles, played Lucy Stillman in Assassin’s Creed I, II, and Brotherhood. Lucy is a member of the Assassin Order, a group of researchers investigating genetic memories to help locate Pieces of Eden. The player meets Lucy in the real world, where she serves as a narrator to the story and guide for the player. A combination of visual effects and motion capture was used to put her likeness into the game.
Jeff Goldblum – Call Of Duty: Black Ops III
Jeff Goldblum is eccentric, worldly, and ever-entertaining. In Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies, he plays Nero Blackstone, one of the main characters in the Shadows of Evil map. Nero is a magician in the fictional Morg City and helps players to gather ritual items to help free the city from the Apothicon creatures that roam the skies of Morg City. In the game, Jeff Goldblum effectively plays Jeff Goldblum, as you would want.
The Future of Acting is Exciting
Games have become one of the largest forms of entertainment, opening the doors for existing and new actors to gain notoriety. Games are also a new experience for actors of all backgrounds, often requiring extensive motion capture, working closely with designers and producers to see the project come together.
It is another avenue of creative expression and opportunity that is different from commercials, television, and even movies, which makes it exciting.