Wes Boldly Goes Trekking!
Star Trek: Legacy to feature ALL FIVE original Captains!
So I have finally realized a dream - I am going to appear in a Star
Trek project with William
Anyone who knows me knows that the geek boy inside is doing the
happy dance right now. I just laid down several voices for
a new Star Trek video game being produced by Bethesda Softworks.
Trek: Legacy, whose release this fall will coincide with Star
Trek's 40th Anniversary, will mark the first time that all five series
Captains - William Shatner, Patrick
Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate
Mulgrew and Scott Bakula - will act in the same Star Trek project together!
This is huge news - if you don't believe me, read the Press Release!
But personally, the bigger news is that I will be a part of it.
And I'm thrilled!
Wes, Mad Doc Software Producer Parker Davis, Absolute Pitch's
Jason Tait, and Bethesda Softworks' Laffy Taylor mug for the camera
A few months back, I had the pleasure of actually voicing the Kirk
lines for the demo version of the game that made it to the E3
I've been doing a Shatner impression almost as long as Kevin Pollock
The William Shatner School of Acting
), and a Shatner fan
for even longer, so this was an honor to do. Some people
felt that it was a pretty dead on impression. Still, even
though it was great to sit in the Captain's chair, I knew
that there was no one else for the job of Kirk than the man himself.
And the man? He agreed.
told Reuters, "I couldn't imagine someone else playing
Captain Kirk, even in a video game, so I kind of got a little territorial."
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! It's kind of like I'm a Gorn taking
a paper mache rock right to the chest! How cool is that?
Laffy Taylor, Wes Johnson and Chip Ellinghaus at Absolute Pitch, where the sound is sure and the coffee is GREAT.
So instead of playing Kirk for the game, I played the main Klingon
Captain Menvek (YOU KILLED MY SON!
a generic TOS Captain, The Borg, a TNG Crewman and a familiar TOS
Helmsman. It was a blast,
and recording with Laffy Taylor
in Bethesda was
a lot of fun (if not hard on the vocal cords during heated Klingon
battle). I've discovered that working with Bethesda
on video games is usually a great experience. In fact, this
will make the second video game I've done with them in a row that
features the great voice of Patrick Stewart. The
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
was the first (and REALLY worth checking out!).
Back at Bethesda Softworks with Todd Howard, Emil Pagliarulo, and
Mark Lampert. This is just before lunch. They have a GREAT restaurant
in house at Bethesda. It's great food keeps busy developers in
the building, and hungry voiceover talents OFF their diets!
It's very cool that Bethesda Softworks can bring such wonderful
stars like the Five Captains to their games. The voice directors
and producers (like Mark Lampert
and Laffy) are remarkable
at bringing out the best in their voice talents, and the graphics developers
at Bethesda have been doing some jaw droppingly beautiful work. If
the brilliance of Oblivion
is any indication, Star
be even more fun to play than it was to record. The only thing
that could have been more fun?
Meeting Shatner himself.
But then, there's always the future!
Check Out These Handy Links
Star Trek: Legacy - Official Site
Star Trek: Legacy - Official Trailer
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Official Site