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BioWare is slowly starting to reveal more and more about their upcoming sci-fi, space adventuring epic, Mass Effect: Andromeda. We recently learned who is the voice behind the Asari Peebee, and now we find out that another Hollywood celebrity, Kumail Nanjiani, will be voicing... a frog?
The clip announcing that Kumail Nanjiani was joining Mass Effect: Andromeda was posted up over on the BioWare Base YouTube channel. The clip was actually more of a parody, as Nanjiani came in hoping to play a dashing Han Solo type of character, or maybe a really cool space captain, or maybe even a dangerous dragon monster, but, instead, he was informed that he would be playing a disrespected salamander.
The visible disappointment on Nanjiani's face is what really sells the clip, especially given that he comes in very excited, only to be met with the news that he's playing a frog.
Nanjiani is mostly known for his comedic work in movies and television. He's played in movies like Central Intelligence, starring The Rock and Kevin Hart, as well as Fist Fight with Ice Cube and Charlie Day. He's probably best known for his role in the Silicon Valley television show, as well as for appearances in Portlandia and Franklin & Bash.
If you're a little puzzled as to how a comedic actor and writer like Nanjiani ended up in the voice cast of Mass Effect: Andromeda, it's really quite simple: he has done quite a bit of voice work in the past. Not necessarily in gaming, though.
If you scour through his credits you'll find that he was an infrequent regular on Adventure Time, as well as well as a contributor to Bob's Burgers and Archer. His most notable contribution to the world of video games comes in the form of voicing Reggie in the second season of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series.
With his varied and illustrious resume to pull from, it's not surprising that BioWare pegged the comedic actor to voice a character in their sci-fi epic. So, what is this space frog like in Mass Effect: Andromeda? Well, they don't really say much other than what's featured at the end of the clip, which explains that the frog is excited but in over his head and that he likes power. That doesn't really explain anything about the character that couldn't very well apply to everyone else on the roster, though.
Even still, it's interesting that they teased this character because the comment section -- while filled with jokes and memes based around Nanjiani's comedy acts -- still question if his character can be romanced. I don't know how well romancing a space frog would work in Mass Effect: Andromeda, but it's not like BioWare didn't get experimental with the romance options in Dragon Age: Inquisition, so, technically, anything is possible.
We'll likely have to wait until March 21st to find out exactly how much of a role Nanjiani's character will play in the grand scheme of Mass Effect: Andromeda, but until then feel free to take some guesses.