Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Gary Oldman cast in new Call of Duty

With the popularity of the Call of Duty franchise rivaling that of most Hollywoody blockbusters, it shouldn't come as any surprise that publisher Activision would like to further that connection a bit more. While recent editions of what's become the world's most popular first-person shooter franchise have brought in major Hollywood talent in the past (most notably with stars like Kiefer Sutherland Kevin McKidd, Barry Pepper and composer Hans Zimmer), it looks like the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops just got a lot more prestigious.

Joining the cast will be award-winning actors Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Book of Eli) and Ed Harris (A History of Violence, Apollo 13), and will feature the script-consulting and story development abilities of David Goyer (Dark Knight, Blade, Superman: Man of Steel).

Says Mark Lamia, Studio Head of Treyarch on the Hollywood connection:

“Oldman, Harris and Goyer are considered some of Hollywood’s finest talents and they perfectly complement Call of Duty: Black Ops’ ambitious and immersive single player experience...Their contributions have helped us to push the boundaries of our story telling and character development far beyond anything we have ever attempted before in the franchise.”

Oldman is no stranger to the Call of Duty franchise and will reprise his role as the patriotic Russian Viktor Reznov - who was first introduced in Call of Duty: World at War - and looks to pick up some 20 years after the events of that game. Harris will play a new character to the franchise, CIA operative Jason Hudson.

source: playswitch