Hitman: Absolution Calling on Hollywood Talent

Now that the newest game in the Hitman series, Hitman: Absolution has been confirmed, more information is starting to trickle out about it. Thanks to an article on Hollywood Reporter, we now know the names of several of the cast doing the motion capture work.

The biggest name among these is Cowboys & Aliens star Keith Carradine, who is stepping into the shoes of lead villain Blake Dexter. There’s some irony there, as Carradine used to play an FBI agent on a show about a serial killer named Dexter. Carradine had this to say about his character, “The character I play in Hitman: Absolution is as multidimensional as any well-imagined character should be.”

Also on the cast is former White Collar and Lost actress Marsha Thomason, who will be voicing Diana Burnwood, Agent 47′s handler in Absolution. Describing the character, Thomason said, “Diana is 47′s only true human contact. They’ve known each other an extremely long time, and in the Hitman world, she is what Q is to James Bond. So she sets the assignments, tells him where to go and who to kill.” Bond fans will of course be quick to point out that she probably meant M, and not Q, who handled Bond’s equipment.

Tore Blystad, game director at IO Interactive, talked a little bit about the capture work that was done at Giant Studios (the same place Avatar’s capture work was done), saying, “We had actors like Marsha and Keith come in and do full-body acting with facial and voice being captured simultaneously in scenes.”

Absolution promises to be much more cinematic than previous Hitman games, and there’s even another Hitman movie planned for next year. No word on whether Timothy Olyphant will return as 47, but Daniel Casey of Jimmy Six fame has already completed drafts of the movie’s script.

Obviously, there’s a long way to go until we see Hitman: Absolution in stores, but you can bet that we’ll have plenty more information on it from this year’s E3. Until then, we’ll have to hope that this new cinematic philosophy doesn’t lose the gameplay that made the previous games so awesome.

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