Is Grand Theft Auto V Codenamed Rush? And Are These Its Major Players?

Is Grand Theft Auto V Codenamed Rush? And Are These Its Major Players?

The next Grand Theft Auto game may be heading back to Los Angeles—or its GTA equivalent Los Santos—if rumoured casting details dug up by Google search crackerjack “superannuation” for a project codenamed “Rush” are Rockstar-related.

Casting calls for a project by the name of Rush tied to Take-Two Interactive, which owns Rockstar Games, point to a video game set in the Los Angeles area, one that’s certainly not 2011’s L.A. Noire or the announced but never seen Agent. This appears to be a modern day fiction, with a cast that sounds very much like a broad, memorable group of miscreants, lowlifes and Hollywood stereotypes.

Mobsters, FBI agents, actors, hillbillies and hippies feature prominently in the cast listing that doesn’t mention GTA by name, but sure reads a lot like the multicultural motley crews that feature in Rockstar’s video games.

If accurate and related to Grand Theft Auto V, it would match a rumour put forth by VG247 last year, which tipped a return to the Los Angeles and Hollywood caricatures Los Santos and Hollywood. That locale was last featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which also included Las Vegas and San Francisco-like cities, a game that went on to sell more than 21.5 million copies.

The following casting call comes from talent network The Agency.

Mitch Hayes:

38 – Annoying, wise cracking, highly successful FBI agent. In great shape. Does triathlons, drinks low cal beer, but still has a sense of humor.
Miguel Gonzalez:

25 – Young Mexican American FBI agent, caught between a few mob bosses. Very clean cut


23 – Moronic, almost inbred and creepy white trash hillbilly. Very naïve but in a creepy “it’s only incest sort of way”

Brother Adam:

Welsh monk / cult leader / yoga teacher – 50, very lithe, very into exploring your personal tension through gripping massage. Needs Welsh accent.

Mrs Avery:

Neurotic soccer mum, home maker, 48, anxious and addled on pain killers. Very angry at neighbour MRS Bell.

Mrs Bell:

Swinger, and mellow Californian divorcee. 45. Ugly but comfortable with self.


47 – Weed evangelist, guy who started smoking at 30, and is now a leading proponent of marijuana’s fantastic properties. White, awkward.

Ira Bernstein:

56 – publicist for an actress known as America’s newest sweetheart who just so happens to love animals, orphans, drugs and sex. He’s always trying to hide her latest indiscretion.

Kevin De Silva:

18 – Albert’s fat, FPS playing gamer son. Smokes a lot of weed, has anxiety issues and a card for a bad back, very soft, very opinionated. Into making racist comments while playing online.

Harut Vartanyan:

42-52 years old – Armenian car dealer, moneylender, would be Fagin and would be bully. Heavily connected to the underworld, but irritates people so much no one likes him.

Nervous Jerry:

48 – paranoiac living in the sticks, near Simon, completely paranoid, and terrified of Simon.

Calvin North:

55 – clapped out FBI agent who now mostly works offering advice on TV shows – whose only claim to fame turns out to be entirely false – but a decent guy in other ways. Badly dressed. Divorced. Putting on weight.

Jerry Cole:

53 – disabled IT expert and criminal information vendor.

Rich Roberts:

English hardman actor, 35, who acts tough but who wants to do serious work – the only problem is he can’t quite read the words.


white 52 yr old loosie goosie hippy rich guy who has lost his money and is getting desperate but trying not to.


45-52 years old – unshaven female spiritualist and hippy with a love of exploring the wilderness. Very into journeys.


29 – pretty boy misogynist Beverly Hills party boy. Made money, but not as cool as he thinks he is.

Tae Wong:

39 – somewhat incompetent Chinese mobster, loves doing ecstasy, going to raves.

Taes Translator:

45 – VERY STRAIGHT LACED Chinese translator, terrified of his boss’s dad. Male, awkward. Needs to speak Chinese.


  • Sounds a lot like your average GTA character to me

    I wonder if ‘rush’ is in reference to rushing it out before rockstars contract ends with Take2?

      • Oops sorry, my mistake, i read something a while ago and misunderstood it, the contract is with some pretty key people at rockstar north like the Houser borthers and Leslie Benzies, obviously not as big a hurdle as i first thought haha.

    • Rockstar North are the ones behind the proper GTA games of the past, and aside from the Episodes of Liberty City and abit of help on Red Dead… their last major game was GTA back in 2008.

      They are supposed to be working on Agent also, but given that we are heading beyond 3 years between full releases, I can’t see it being a rush job.

      I expect full announcement at E3, with a release in April/May 2012.

    • Fuck I love Epsilon! I love leaving the website open in my browser and letting that 8 second synth line loop for hours on end.


      Miguel Gonzalez:

      25 – Young Mexican American FBI agent, caught between a few mob bosses. Very clean cut

      Of all the listed characters, this one seems the most protagonist-y. Would be interesting to start off on the other side of the law, and the game is yet to have a Latino protagonist.

  • GTA has always had unique and different characters, so this doesn’t really surprise me. What I wanna know is if they’re going to use the same facial technology that ‘L.A. Noire’ is using rather than ‘Image Metrics’?

  • Please be San Andreas in the 80’s.. Please be San Andreas in the 80’s.. Please be San Andreas in the 80’s..!

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