With each new Bethesda title, the company manages to attract more and more well known talent to provide voiceovers for their games. Skyrim is, unsurprisingly, no exception, featuring a cast of award-winning actors from stage and screen.
Christopher Plummer (The Insider, Star Trek VI, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) takes on the role of Arngeir, an elder of the Greybeard order of philosopher monks. Apparently they live in "silent isolation" but we can assume that at least one of them has something to say.
Max von Sydow (Minority Report, Shutter Island, 2010's Robin Hood) plays Esbern, an agent of the secretive Blades organization who is obsessed with the return of draconic planet-devourer Alduin, the World Eater. Esbern will teach the player how to confront this epic evil which, inevitably, will strike just as the player is having dinner or something.
Joan Allen (Face/Off, The Bourne Ultimatum, Pleasantville) makes her video game debut as Delphine, one of the last remaining Blades and, like the player, an agent trying to unravel the mystery of the dragons' return.
Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) plays Gomlaith Golden-Hilt, a Nord hero who overthrew the dragons in ancient times. This marks Carter's second appearance in the Elder Scrolls series, though in Oblivion she only played random female Nord and Orc NPCs.
Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica) joins the cast as Imperial General Tullius, in charge of crushing the Stormcloak Rebellion, while Vladimir Kulich (The 13th Warrior, Smokin' Aces) plays Tullius' nemesis Ulfric Stormcloak, the charismatic leader of a group aiming to make Skyrim independent from the Empire. Assisting Tullius against the Stormcloaks is Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), who plays Legate Rikke, Tullius' chief lieutenant and a loyal Imperial officer as well as a Nord who disagrees with Ulfric's rebellion.
Additional voices are provided by Diane Louise Salinger (Carnivale), Renee Victor (Weeds) and George Coe (Saturday Night Live, Transformers: Dark of the Moon). In total there are over 70 different voice actors delivering over 60,000 lines of dialogue. Let's hope there aren't quite so many NPCs who look and sound identical this time around.
"It's been incredible to have all these actors together," said Todd Howard, director of Skyrim. "When you start a project, you always make your wishlist of actors. To actually hear them in the game, it's amazing. We can't wait for everyone to experience it."
Skyrim is out on November 11.
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Bethesda Reveals Star-Studded Skyrim Voice Cast