Bethesda is getting closer and closer to 11/11/11, when they will engulf millions of players into their Elder Scrolls series once again. Now thanks to a press release from the titanic RPG developer, we know exactly whose dulcet tones will come out of those beautiful character models in Skyrim. (Psst, if you read carefully, this might also give some hints as to the story, in case you’re curious. And you are.) The list of revealed voice actors and their parts so far includes:
–Christopher Plummer, a two-time Emmy Award winner. He voices Arngeir, a powerful Greybeard elder, an order of philosopher monks who are masters of the Way of the Voice. They reside atop Skyrim’s largest mountain, removed from the affairs of the world below. Climbing the mountain and gaining their trust will be critical to the adventure.
–Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”) voices Gormlaith Golden-Hilt, one of the Nord heroes who overthrew the dragons in ancient times. Though, if she defeated the dragon long ago, certainly she couldn’t still be alive…could she? Is she a ghost? Are there flashbacks or dream sequences? (Bonus fun: Lynda Carter also provided voices for female Nords in Bloodmoon and Oblivion.)
–Max Von Sydow stars as Esbern, a chronicler and agent of the Blades who has survived in hiding. Esbern has studied the history of Alduin, the World Eater Dragon, and might have the knowledge necessary for you to overcome this threat.
–Joan Allen, a Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominee. She plays Delphine, another member of the Blades, the Elder Scrolls series standby good guys and former protectors of the Imperial bloodline. Now, the remaining Blades take it upon themselves to defend the Empire, including unraveling the mystery of the dragons’ return.
Of course, a game with over 60,000 lines of dialogue has more than four voice actors; over seventy different actors lend their voices in total. Other notables include Vladimir Kulich (“The 13th Warrior,” “Smoking Aces”) as Ulfric Stormcloak, Jarl of Windhelm and charismatic leader of the Stormcloaks, who aims to make Skyrim independent of the Empire; Michael Hogan (“Battlestar Galactica”), who plays Imperial General Tullius, in charge of crushing the Stormcloak rebellion; and Claudia Christian (“Babylon 5”) who plays Legate Rikke, General Tullius’s chief lieutenant and a loyal Imperial officer as well as a Nord who firmly believes Skyrim must remain part of the Empire.
“It’s been incredible to have all these actors together,” said Todd Howard, Skyrim’s Game Director. “When you start a project, you always make your wish-list of actors, and to actually hear them in the game, it’s amazing. We can’t wait for everyone to experience it.”
And neither can we. *stares intense at the clock, willing time to move faster*