Tricia Helfer Takes Over as Kerrigan in StarCraft 2

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Tricia Helfer Takes Over as Kerrigan in StarCraft 2

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Blizzard has revealed that Battlestar Galactica hottie Tricia Helfer will be providing the voice of Kerrigan in the upcoming StarCraft 2.

Glynnis Talken, who provided the voice of Sarah Kerrigan in the original StarCraft, revealed in February that she wouldn't be reprising the role in the upcoming sequel despite apparently providing voice work for early StarCraft 2 promotional trailers. Blizzard's decision to cut Talken loose was rather surprising given her long history with the company but, as she said at the time, "That's showbiz."

Her replacement has finally been revealed as none other than Tricia Helfer, better known to the world at large as Number Six, the red-clad Cylon of Battlestar Galactica fame. It won't be Helfer's first foray into videogames; she's previously appeared in in the Command & Conquer 3 games and Spider-Man: Web of Shadows. But following her introduction at Blizzcon, she admitted that she was unfamiliar with StarCraft and Kerrigan when she was cast in the role.

"It's intimidating to come into a game and do a job that you don't really know the history of it, I'm kind of a video game virgin in terms of playing. Personally I'm not technologically savvy," she said. "At the time, I didn't know what Zerg and all these things were. It was fun to find out all these little differences."

There's no reason to think that Helfer won't do an admirable job in the role of Kerrigan but how this can be seen as anything but cheap stunt-casting is beyond me. Voice actors Robert Clotworthy and James Harper, who appeared in the original game as Jim Raynor and Arcturus Mengsk respectively, are both returning to their roles, yet Talken, who has appeared in a decade's worth of Blizzard games ranging from Diablo to the Burning Crusade expansion for World of Warcraft, finds herself supplanted by the admittedly very attractive and instantly recognizable Cylon sex machine.

So... Is anyone else catching a distinct whiff of Activision in all this?

Source: IGN

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Well, I guess it makes sense. She was in C&C 3 after all.

Oh my God.

Number Six is voicing Sarah Kerrigan. :O

This is officially the greatest news I've heard this week since that 'Use the Force' EEG toy.

Interesting. Although, Kerrigan still looks creepy. I prefer the Starcraft 1 look much, much more. And they better keep the guy who did Raynor. Raynor is awesome. AWESOME.

So... Is anyone else catching a distinct whiff of Activision in all this?

I would go as far as to bet on it, which strikes me as a little funny because it's not like Starcraft 2 needs any help hyping itself. It's a little unfortunate that they would bring back the rest of the cast, but then pander to thinly veiled marketing for this role. But like she said "That's showbiz." However, I'm sure Tricia Helfer will do a fine job though.

Slycne:

So... Is anyone else catching a distinct whiff of Activision in all this?

I would go as far as to bet on it, which strikes me as a little funny because it's not like Starcraft 2 needs any help hyping itself.

It's all Bobby Kotick's fault, clearly. We must form a lynch mob, yesss.

That seems like the perfect replacement actually.

She's pretty.

I'm confused, Tricia Helfer knows how to voice act? Starcraft 2 is still animated CGI, right? I get C&C 3 and I'm all for it, but my understanding of voice acting is that it's really hard to do without practice.

*sigh* That is sad. I always loved Kerrigan's voice. It gave her so much character. But i guess if you replace her voice actress with one who is good looking, sexy and famous right now her role could be significantly improved....or something...
Not saying she won't do a good job. I just have to ask why. Why replace such an iconic voice with someone else. Just like when they changed Arthas's voice in WoW. Just why? (and don't give me that "not available, too expensive" crap, it's Blizzard for crying out loud)

Before reading your article, I had no idea who the fuck she was.

L.B. Jeffries:
I'm confused, Tricia Helfer knows how to voice act? Starcraft 2 is still animated CGI, right? I get C&C 3 and I'm all for it, but my understanding of voice acting is that it's really hard to do without practice.

She can voice act; she plays the Naval Intelligence officer Dare in Halo: ODST and, from the snippets of her performances I've heard, holds up well playing against Nathan ("Mal Reynolds/Richard Castle") Fillion.

-- Steve

PS: I just noticed, both actors are Canadian. Woot! We're takin' over!

edited to add: I just looked up Ms. Helfer's filmography on IMDB and I see she has done voice acting before; playing the Black Cat in Spiderman and Boodikka in Green Lantern.

She's a great actress, hopefully she can do a good job voice acting wise.

If she can muster the role of a seductress who stabs people and commands legions of zerg, I think it will work. But who's going to Duran? Will he even be in the game? I hope so. And I hope he's voiced by Samuel Jackson. :D

Cool. I guess it will be pretty good.
But who's gonna voice Raynor?

I don't see what the big deal is... she's the attractive celeb, but she is only voicing a character. Not like we're gonna get a nude photo spread with our purchase of Starcraft...

*wait a minute...

So we lose LAN and then get the main character replaced by some blonde chest-waver.

Desperate times...

I feel like Blizzard just kicked me in a very soft spot. This is total fan service that Blizzard didn't need. I've been a huge fan of Glynnis Talkin ever since she did the voice of Julie Winters in The Maxx Animated Series. To have Blizzard kick her to the curb after a decade of contributions, just to have someone more recognizable and famous take her place, stinks! It'll take alot more than a blonde sci-fi tart to get me interested in this game again.

And now my super-geek mind is already churning out the BSG/Starcraft crossover jokes. This is a good day for loosely related humour.

Opponent: Fucking zerg rushes, every damn time I play there's a goddamn zerg rush!
Me: ...I think you mean
Opponent: Don't you dare
Me: All this has happened before...
Opponent: You bastard
Me: ...And will happen again.

Slycne:

So... Is anyone else catching a distinct whiff of Activision in all this?

I would go as far as to bet on it, which strikes me as a little funny because it's not like Starcraft 2 needs any help hyping itself. It's a little unfortunate that they would bring back the rest of the cast, but then pander to thinly veiled marketing for this role. But like she said "That's showbiz." However, I'm sure Tricia Helfer will do a fine job though.

I have a theory that Blizzard is just doing outrageous things to frighten people at this point, having become bored with their omnipotence.

dochmbi:
Well, I guess it makes sense. She was in C&C 3 after all.

It makes as much sense as an Escher drawing to a blind person

KazNecro:
I feel like Blizzard just kicked me in a very soft spot. This is total fan service that Blizzard didn't need. I've been a huge fan of Glynnis Talkin ever since she did the voice of Julie Winters in The Maxx Animated Series. To have Blizzard kick her to the curb after a decade of contributions, just to have someone more recognizable and famous take her place, stinks! It'll take alot more than a blonde sci-fi tart to get me interested in this game again.

I'm pretty sure that Blizzard isn't targeting you as a customer with this move ;)

I don't usually go for blonds, but sometimes, i watch BSG on mute. Just sayin. ;)

OT, she does have a good voice, and if she can pull off the voice acting thing, then why not? They could have changed actresses due to the fact that it's been 10 years. Voices change as you age, and maybe hers wasn't striking the chord they wanted?

ckeymel:
I'm pretty sure that Blizzard isn't targeting you as a customer with this move ;)

STOP MESSING WITH MY DELUSIONS!!! *LOL*

My point was that I think this move could possibly negatively affect long-time Blizzard fans, myself included. If they had recast all or most of the original voices, I could accept that. Game series must grow and adapt to entice a newer generation. But Helfer is simply being used as an unnecessary figurehead to promote their game. And I agree with your point, since it's so easy to sway dumb, hormonally-challenged fan geeks with a pretty face and body, but come on. Is Blizzard REALLY expecting a dramatic increase of sales with this stunt?

Ah. Tricia Helfer...such a wonderful face for voice acting.

Seriously? They replace the standard and accepted voice for Kerrigan with a publicity stunt? I have no problem with Miss Helfer, but it's just dumb.

It does kind of smell them replacing the original actress, but I do like the replacement, Tricia's voice is quite sexy, and will even be more awesome when it's edited for the mutation effect. Makes sense to think Activision is meddling, Kotick openly admitted his interest in Starcraft 2. Hopefully this is the most he does(if this is his touch). -crosses fingers-
Bobby, don't stick your dick in the Blizzard pudding! PLEASE

I we should wait for ODST to come out before we start to criticise Miss Helfer's voice acting abilities.

Still, if this is the only executive meddling Blizzard has to put up with, we're getting off light.

I don't get it...

Everyone is up in arms because a voice actor changed? Surely everyone should be more interested in the actual gameplay.

By your command amirite?

There Is No God!!!

Why don't they just add in FMVs and replase every character with sassy supermodels!

Its like they remade The Star Wars trilogy with original cast but starred William Shatner as Kenoby.

But you know, in a bad way.

She was awesome in C+C 3, vouched.

Valiance:
She was awesome in C+C 3, vouched.

Why don't I kill myself right now?

Sparrow Tag:
I don't get it...

Everyone is up in arms because a voice actor changed? Surely everyone should be more interested in the actual gameplay.

Starcraft always had good story and the pre-mission briefings which were entirely made up of dialogue contributed a lot to that. If a voice actor is less good than it can be, it directly affects how much you enjoy the story. There's no doubt that there'll be a few 'Purists' who hate her just because she's not Talken and some which dislike Helfer because, in their (possibly valid) opinion, think she did a worse job than Talken would have.

Personally, I didn't know who she was. I'd played C&C3 but I never associated name-to-face. I may have to reinstall the game to get evidence of her work to see what I can expect but...well, I'll probably just end up playing for GDI and enjoying Jennfier Morrison instead.

She can voice act; she plays the Naval Intelligence officer Dare in Halo: ODST and, from the snippets of her performances I've heard, holds up well playing against Nathan ("Mal Reynolds/Richard Castle") Fillion.

Hold up, Mal Reynolds is in ODST? Now I have to buy that game.

Amnestic:

She can voice act; she plays the Naval Intelligence officer Dare in Halo: ODST and, from the snippets of her performances I've heard, holds up well playing against Nathan ("Mal Reynolds/Richard Castle") Fillion.

Hold up, Mal Reynolds is in ODST? Now I have to buy that game.

Yup, along with Adam ("Jayne") Baldwin and Alan ("Wash") Tudyk. Apparently a lot of Halo got played on the set of Firefly...

More to the point of the news item, I've seen a lot of roles played by Tricia Helfer and I can't fault her acting skills; she did a dead-on Farrah Fawcett-Majors, played a character with PTSD very convincingly, had a marvellous recurring role on Burn Notice as the psycho-bitch manipulative handler who took over Micheal Weston's life... she's much more than a pretty face. I think if you can set aside that she's not Talken, you won't be disappointed with her as Kerrigan.

-- Steve

edited to fix thinko

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