A star-studded cast

In a press release this morning, we’ve announced the star-studded voice over cast for Skyrim. Learn more below…

Academy Award Nominees Christopher Plummer, Max Von Sydow and Joan Allen Come Together for the Year’s Most Anticipated Game

September 27, 2011 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today revealed the stage and screen legends lending their talents to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the next installment in the award-winning Elder Scrolls series. Skyrim will feature an ensemble cast of Academy Award nominees, including Christopher Plummer (“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” “The Insider”), Max Von Sydow (“The Exorcist,” “Minority Report”), and Joan Allen (“The Contender,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”).

Christopher Plummer, a two-time Emmy Award winner, two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee, takes on the role of Arngeir, a powerful Greybeard elder. An order of philosopher monks who are masters of the Way of the Voice, the Greybeards live in silent isolation atop Skyrim’s largest mountain.

Academy Award nominee, Max Von Sydow, stars as Esbern, a chronicler and agent of the Blades who has survived in hiding. Long obsessed with the foretold return of the dragon Alduin, the World Eater, Esbern will teach you how to confront this epic evil.

Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominee, Joan Allen, will be making her videogame debut as Delphine, one of the last remaining members of the Blades – an ancient warrior society once sworn to protect the Emperor. Like you, Delphine is trying to unravel the mystery of the dragons’ return.

In addition, iconic actress and singer, Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”), voices Gormlaith Golden-Hilt, one of the Nord heroes who overthrew the dragons in ancient times.

“It’s been incredible to have all these actors together,” said Todd Howard, 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.”

Skyrim’s cast also includes:

  • Michael Hogan (“Battlestar Galactica”), who plays Imperial General Tullius, in charge of crushing the Stormcloak rebellion.
  • Vladimir Kulich (“The 13th Warrior,” “Smoking Aces”) portrays Hogan’s nemesis Ulfric Stormcloak, Jarl of Windhelm and charismatic leader of the Stormcloaks, who aims to make Skyrim independent of the Empire.
  • Claudia Christian (“Babylon 5”) joins the cast as Legate Rikke, General Tullius’s chief lieutenant, a loyal Imperial officer as well as a Nord who firmly believes Skyrim must remain part of the Empire.
  • Diane Louise Salinger (“Carnivale”), Renee Victor (“Weeds”), and Saturday Night Live-alum George Coe (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) round out the star-studded cast of more than 70 different voice actors delivering over 60,000 lines of dialogue.

Reader Comments

  1. Vladimir Kulich voices the leader of the Stormcloaks…
    I better be able to join that faction and fight for Buliwyf from “The 13th Warrior”!


    • Vladimir Kulich was the Beast in series 4 of Angel! i can’t believe i recognised the name he isn’t even one of the stars!

      ……….wait, doesn’t he have a really deeep voice?………

    • Gotta say I was way damn happy to see Vlad appearing in Skyrim. Loved him in The 13th Warrior & haven’t seen him in much except for popping up in Ironclad earlier this year which was f***en excellent (sure he’s done other stuff in between but haven’t seen it). Looking forward to seeing what he adds to this awesome game.

  2. I’m glad to see Vladimir Kulich involved, as strongly Norse as the tones of Skyrim will be I’m ecstatic to see one of my favorites from “13th Warrior” involved!

  3. If you don’t know the work of the amazing Max Von Sydow, do yourself a favor and get acquainted. I caught The Seventh Seal on TV a few years ago, and it’s really quite a film.

    He’s also Father Merrin in The Exorcist, for God’s sake. And if that isn’t enough, two words: Strange Brew.

    Christopher Plummer is also thrilling, but I make it a rule to only gush over one actor over the age of 80 during any 24 hour period, so that’s all I’ll say about that.

  4. Vladimir Kulich? Awesome. Loved him in Angel.
    (The Beast, from season 4, in case anyone’s a little slow) 😉

    Alexander Skarsgård is still on my wishlist, though.

    • They don’t decide who will voice it, they make a list and ask those people offering them money to voice a game. They possibly had him on the list, ready to hire him but he rejected the offer.

      Don’t be disappointed in Bethesda case they didn’t waste 1,000’s of dollars on a voice actor that is easily replaced. And yes, they pay them 1,000’s of dollars.

      • Actually from what I’ve gathered reading interviews with Todd Howard any agent with an IQ above that of the average bowling ball will tell their clients to say yes to any serious offer to voice a VG character, especially for a studio as prolific as Bethesda as it will do wonders for their career, even if that means not being paid much at all. It’s basically seen as a form of promotion or advertising.

        Sure Max von Sydow has UBER respect & he’s had an amazing & lauded career but the exposure he’ll get amongst younger audiences by appearing in Skyrim as Esbern will do nothing but more good for an already legendary career. Whilst Brian Blessed would be awesome in any game (and what I wouldn’t give to have him voice an Elder Scrolls character) I’m sure if he was asked his agent would have told him to do it.

  5. Hmm, I’m not so sure about the list of actors: I think they’d be great for a Fallout game, but I don’t think they’ll convey the right atmosphere for TES. Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong, but I’m rather concerned about the direction they seem to have taken with the casting.

  6. why do they have to hire super expensive celebrities? with the same amount of money they pay those guys, they could’ve made individual voices for every character in skyrim. i hope this isnt oblivion all over again

    • dude…. super expensive celebrities? come on… these guys need the work…. (wonder woman? ming the merciless?)…. hardly celebrities anymore….. i thought patrick stewart and sean bean added class to the series, so sad they have to dreg the bottom of the barrel because actors realize how lucrative the industry is…..

      • Max von Sydow is a goddamn legend & the fact that you only see him as Ming doesn’t say much about your taste in entertainment.

    • “70 different voice actors delivering over 60,000 lines”

      If you were a fan before Oblivion, then you can remember reading up on it day after day, waiting to glen more info of of it, Like how they only had a handful of voice actors,and what seemed like about 20,000 lines of dialogue.
      Skyrim will not be ANYTHING like the repetitive wording in Oblivion.

  7. Voice actor wise you should consider: Liam Neeson
    Mark Hamill
    Stephen Fry
    Steve Downes
    Johnny Depp
    Alan Rickman
    and just for a laugh me

  8. It’s nice to see that there’s a larger cast this time around. But I hope you also didn’t forget to put more resources into screenwriting.

    There’s no point having lots of different voices if they spend half their time reciting the exact same lines as eachother, like they do in Oblivion or Fallout 3.

  9. This is cool I guess but what is the deal with so many American voices this time? Sorry but to me a fantasy game filled with American voice actors just sounds really odd. It’s almost like they somehow decided that they had to “Americanize” the voices to sell games, as if Americans can’t identify with Brits or European voices.

    We went from Patrick Stewart and Sean Bean, to Wonder Woman and the grumpy old drunk from Battlestar Galactica? Seriously?

    • Lynda Carter has played Nord female voices since at least as far back as Morrowind. Honestly, she’s the perfect woman for the job.

  10. I want Christopher Lee as Alduin… His voice is amazing… I’ve always imagined his voice as the King of Worms voice… But he had a sissy voice… Yep…
    ”Please don’t kill me King o- *Bursts into laughter* Do your worst…”

  11. I would be completely satisfied with Morrowind race voices, especially for Mer races since in Oblivion they all had one annoying high pitched voice. Speaking of celebs, Max Von Sydow is an excellent choice.

  12. I heard someone tried to pick-pocket Todd Howard, and was quickly dispatched by gaurds that saw the whole thing… from a mile away.

  13. Great list but you should have added Liam Nelson he did pretty good job in Fallout 3 and why shouldnt you dont include him in this list 🙂

  14. I Glad you are using tons of voice actors for this game. The last game had only a few actors and made the characters bland. I am pleased that the feedback of the gamers is taking affect and I can’t buy this epic looking game 11/11/2011. GO SKYRIM!

  15. Joss Ackland would be a great addition to this cast if you need somebody for some DLC.

    Seriously one of the best voices ever, and he’s done a couple video games already.

  16. I am happy about the voice actors that will appear in Skyrim. I greatly appreciate the above and beyond effort to continue making enjoyable and masterful RPGs from Bethesda. Means a lot to me personally to see a greater effort with the voice content. Thank you.

  17. Man, I am so ready for this game, I am even taking a day off to go get it and play it till I can’t see my T.V. like I did with oblivion, and those actors will go great with it I am sure.

  18. hmmmm only one Nordic actor for a game set in Skyrim. Not even any Irsish, Welsh or Scottish actors either that could also give of some believeble accents/dialects. Would have cost you less and you would have a choice of a large pool of very talented actors. Well i guess I’m going to have to make do with Max and then try hard to ignore the heavy american/Canadian accents of the rest of the population of skyrim. Unless you’ve added more Nordic/Celtic actors in the last of the 70 voices.

  19. 11/11/11 can not come soon enough! I have not been this exicted for a video game since Shivering Isles was announced for Oblivion.

  20. Johnny Depp?!! Are you mad. Don’t you hear and see him enough everywhere else? If they’d of had him for the dialog you’d be paying an extra $60 for your copy of the game.