Fable III features a star-studded voice cast. "This is one of the biggest collections of British comedic talent," says the game's designer Peter Molyneux. He's right. It is. This is the kind of cast you'd see for a film.
Stephen Fry, who appeared in Fable II, will be joined by Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley, Shaun of the Dead star Simon Pegg, journeyman actor Bernard Hill, TV personality Jonathan Ross, Michael Fassbinder of Inglourious Basterds fame and John Cleese of John Cleese fame.
According to Molyneux, when they started work on Fable III, the team drew up a wishlist of actors they would like to work with for the title. The thing is, they started getting the names on their wishlist.
Some of the actors, like Simon Pegg, weren't only familiar with the series, but also were fans. John Cleese, Molyneux says, was a little harder to convince. "He's from a different generation," Molyneux says of the 70-year-old performer. But when Cleese signed on, he gave the character of Jasper the butler his own spin. "He improvised a lot," says Molyneux.
With such an impressive cast and vivid setting, surely Molyneux and his team must be harbouring ambitions to take the Fable world to the silver screen. According to the designer, "Part of me says 'yes'. I could go to the set and hold the camera. I could go to the movie premiere. But then, I think how Hollywood has driven pretty much every game franchise into the ground."