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Attention, Clone Wars fans – some very familiar voices are returning to Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II!
Below, we’re revealing who’s portraying General Grievous, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Count Dooku, and Anakin Skywalker, as our new Clone Wars heroes and villains join the game, starting this month.
Plus, look out for full interviews with all of them around the releases of their respective characters, here on the official Star Wars Battlefront II website.
Matthew Wood – General Grievous (releasing October 30)
Matthew Wood voiced General Grievous’ original appearance in Star Wars™: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith™ and The Clone Wars animated series. He also did the creative post-processing of his character’s voice. Matthew has been working with Lucasfilm since the age of 17 and is (when he’s not voice acting) Supervising Sound Editor at Skywalker Sound, the sound division of Lucasfilm. Now, he’s reprising his role as Grievous in Star Wars Battlefront II.
“I always love revisiting characters from the Clone Wars era, because I feel like there are so many stories to be told! Now, we have the ability to actually set foot into General Grievous’ shoes and see how he operates in real-time. That’s really exciting to me, to be able to portray the character in such a way! I’m a gamer myself, so I can’t wait to see how all this pans out with what the team has created.”
James Arnold Taylor – Obi-Wan Kenobi (releasing November)
Of all actors portraying Obi-Wan Kenobi, James Arnold Taylor has played him the longest, most notably throughout the animated The Clone Wars series. In November, he’s bringing his version of Obi-Wan to Star Wars Battlefront II.
“It is probably the greatest honor for me as an actor, to have gotten to play this character for so many years. And in so many iterations! The television show, video games, toys, a movie . . . It’s one of those ‘pinch me moments’ in my life, because I still kind of wake up some days and go, ‘I . . . I get to be Obi-Wan Kenobi?’ It’s fantastic!”
Corey Burton – Count Dooku (releasing January)
Corey Burton has done a wide variety of work in his long voice acting career. He played Count Dooku in the Clone Wars television animated series, capturing the aristocratic and arrogant Sith Lord as originally delivered by Christopher Lee in Star Wars™: Episode II – Attack of the Clones™. Stepping into the role again is a pleasure for Corey.
“It’s always a joy to slip into the Sith cape! It’s been a delight from the very start. I love playing these sort of evil, wizardly mastermind kind of characters where their strength is a quiet, intense simmer, rather than throwing thunderbolts and hollering. It’s sort of very subtle, and it draws you in instead of blasting out the performance.”
Matt Lanter – Anakin Skywalker (releasing February)
Similar to James Arnold Taylor and his Obi-Wan Kenobi, Matt Lanter has portrayed Anakin Skywalker throughout the Clone Wars animated series. His portrayal of Anakin is a fan-favorite as the character’s complexity is explored in depth in the series. Matt is excited to bring his performance to Star Wars Battlefront II.
“I’m a gamer! I played the first Star Wars Battlefront often. Not really lately, I’ve got a new baby at home and she’s nine months, so I haven’t had a whole lot of gaming time recently. But before that – Battlefront is my game! I grew up playing first person shooters, and I love Star Wars. You know, I perform Star Wars, but I’m also a huge fan. A mix of the both is my perfect game. To be able to be a part of it is pretty incredible.”
We’re excited to have such an experienced cast on board, and are looking forward to getting all of the new heroes and villains in the hands of players, starting with General Grievous on October 30.
–Daniel Steinholtz (Follow Daniel on Twitter @dsteinholtz)
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