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Sega announced today that the Mark Strong will lead players through the opening moments of Total War: Rome II on September 3. Strong is a film actor known for roles such as Lord Blackwood in 2009’s Sherlock Holmes and Frank D'Amico in Kick-Ass. He plays the Roman consul Silanus in Rome II.
Rome II also features a live-recorded soundtrack from the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. That is the same orchestra that headlined the 2008 album Video Games Live: Volume 1, which featured tracks from Kingdom Hearts, Halo, and Castlevania.
Jeff Atmajian is conducting the soundtrack orchestra. Atmajian did orchestration for The Dark Knight, The Bourne Legacy, and Terminator: Salvation.
All of this sound work is featured in more detail in a new video from The Creative Assembly titled, Lend Me Your Ears. Check it out below.
Our TakeThere seems to be a rising trend from game studios to feature popular actors and other talents from the film world. For a game like Total War: Rome II, this makes perfect sense. As seen in the Lend Me Your Ears video above, a game with the size and scale of Rome II can only benefit from the narrative depth provided by quality acting and a full orchestra.
Excellent actor. Really hope the rumors of him possibly being cast as the next "Lex Luthor" are true.
When I read Sherlock Holmes in the title I thought it was referring to the new Sherlock Holmes coming out this year.
Cool, Mark Strong was one of the only good things about Green Lantern. Would've been awesomely ironic to have him voice Mark Antony in game, lol. Triple A voice talent is nothing but a good thing for studios when it works. Nice.
Nice addition, Strong's a good actor. He's one of those actors who tends to get cast as a villain a lot (Kick Ass and Sherlock Holmes being two good examples) but he's still good even when he's not the bad guy.
Mark Strong is awesome.
Mark Strong is excellent in Rock'n'rolla
love this guy, he's such a great actor.
Sorter never misses.
Thats surprisingly AAA of them